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[662] ὀστέῳ κτλ.: drawing near to the bone, i.e. grazing it, and not checked by it.

πατήρ: i.e. Zeus. cf. 635, 6.198 f. Sarpedon is the only warrior before Troy who is Zeus's own son. The later generations of men were further removed from the gods.

ἔτι: still, now as before. Sarpedon was to fall four days later, slain by Patroclus. cf. 16.502 ff. — For a similar intimation of the future, cf. 674 f., 686 ff., 12.402 f.

663 = 692.

μέν: correl. with “δέ” 668.

ἄρα: so, as a result of the preceding act.

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