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[770] ὅσσον κτλ.: how far (as far as) a man sees into the dim distance.

ἠεροειδές: prob. attrib. with “ὅσσον”. Acc. of extent.

ἴδεν: gnomic aorist.

ὀφθαλμοῖσιν: on “ποσί” 745. — cf. “τόσσον τίς τ᾽ ἐπὶ λεύσσει” (sees), “ὅσσν τ᾽ ἐπὶ λᾶαν ἵησιν Γ” 12. — Of course the poet could not say ‘half a mile’ or ‘twenty rods’ or even a ‘stade.’ He was obliged to measure by the reach of the eye or the voice, or the cast of a spear or discus, or a bowshot, or a furrow's length.

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