Ἄιδος κυνέην: this helmet of Hades made the wearer invisible (“ἀιδής”). cf. “Ἄιδος κυνέη νυκτὸς ζόφον αἰνὸν ἔχουσα” Hesiod Shield 227, “σκοτοδασυπυκνότριχά τιν᾽ Ἄιδος κυνῆν” Arist. Acharnians 390. It is not mentioned elsewhere in Homer. It is needed here only on Ares's account, — not for mortals. — cf. the ‘Tarnkappe’ of the Teutonic epos. — Artists represented this as a Phrygian felt cap (‘fez’) with the top inclining to the front like a horn.
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