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[715] ῥα: truly, as it seems.

ἅλιον: “was idle.” cf. 4.26, 158, 498.

τὸν μῦθον: “that promise,” defined more exactly by the next verse. Here alone does Homer mention a special promise to Menelaus (that belongs to the earlier part of the story), but this serves as a motive for the action of the goddesses. — cf. “ἠπείλησεν μῦθον Α 388, ὑπόσχεσιν ἥν περ ὑπέσταν Β” 286.

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