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[63] ἀρχεκάκους: the epithet gives a kind of personification to the ships. For the repetition and amplification of the thought of the first word, in the rest of the verse, cf. “οὐλομένην, μυρἴ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγἐ ἔθηκεν Α 2, νήπιοι, οἳ κατὰ βοῦς Ὑπερίονος Ἠελίοιοͅ ἤσθιον α” 8, and, also, “ἵππους ἀθλοφόρους, οἳ ἀέθλια ποσσὶν ἄροντο Ι” 124, “ἔλαφον βεβλημένον, ὅν τ᾽ ἔβαλ̓ ἀνήρ Λ” 475. See § 1 h. — cf. “αὗται δὲ αἱ νέες” (sent by Athens to the aid of the Ionians) “ἀρχὴ κακῶν ἐγένοντο Ἕλλησί τε καὶ βαρβάροισι” Hdt. v. 97, ille dies primus leti primusque malorum| caussa fuit Verg. Aen. iv. 169.

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