χάλκεα: for the following hiatus, cf. “αὐτὰρ ὁ ἔγνω Α 333, αὐτὰρ ὁ αὖτε Β 105, ἄστυδε ἔλθωμεν ζ” 296; see § 9 b. — This chariot of the gods was all of metal, — even the parts which were generally of wood in the chariots of men. cf. the ‘silver bow’ and ‘golden lyre’ of Apollo. The Homeric chariots were very light, and the metal need not have been very thick.ὀκτάκνημα: eight-spoked. The wheel had four felloes, and each felloe was supported by two spokes. ἄξονι ἀμφίς: lit. at the axle on both sides, — defines “ὀχέεσσι” 722. — Hiatus is allowed here as freq. after “ι” of dat. singular.
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