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[179] μέν: correl. with “αὖ” 184.

ῥά: i.e. in accordance with Proetus's injunction.

Χίμαιραν: here a proper name. — This is the only ‘composite’ monster of Homer; — dragons, mermaids, and satyrs being unknown, and Scylla (Od. 12.85 ff.), though deformed, not being made up of woman, fish, and wolf. Acc. to Hesiod, the Chimaera was (like Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra) the offspring of Typhon and Echidna, “ δὲ Χίμαιραν ἔτικτε, πνέουσαν ἀμαιμάκετον πῦρ, δεινήν τε μεγάλην τε. ποδώκεά τε κρατερήν τε. τῆς δ᾽ ἦν τρεῖς κεφαλαί: μία μὲν χαροποῖο λέοντος, δὲ χιμαίρης, δ̓ ὄφιος, κρατεροῖο δράκοντος. . . . τὴν μὲν Πήγασος εἷλε καὶ ἐσθλὸς ΒελλεροφόντηςTheog. 319 ff.

ἀμαιμακέτην: impetuous, fierce. Cf.Ἀμισωδάρου, ὅς ῥα Χίμαιραν θρέψεν ἀμαιμακέτην πολέσιν κακὸν ἀνθρώποισιν Π” 328 f. — cf. ‘Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimaeras dire,’ Milton Par. Lost ii. 628.

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