φιλέεσκεν: of hospitable reception, as is made clear by the following half-verse. cf. “τοὺς δ᾽ ἐγὼ” “ἐξείνισσα καὶ ἐν μεγάροισι φίλησα Γ 207, χαῖρε, ξεῖνε, παρ᾽ ἄμμι φιλήσεαι α 123, χρὴ ξεῖνον παρεόντα φιλεῖν, ἐθέλοντα δὲ πέμπειν” (“welcome the coming, speed the parting guest”) Od. 15.74. Obs. the play on “φίλος” 14.ὁδῷ κτλ.: living upon a highway, Axylus had special opportunities for the exercise of hospitality. οἰκία: the ‘quantity’ of the ultima marks the declension, — if any such help is needed.
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