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[4] This verse defines the scene of the conflict. cf. 5.774.

Σιμόεντος: connected directly with “μεσσηγύς” by the rhythm of the verse. cf. “τόσσα μεσηγὺ νεῶν ἠδὲ Ξάνθοιο ῥοάων . . . πύρχ φαίνετο Ἰλιόθι πρό Θ” 560 f.

Ξάνθοιο: i.e. the Scamander, not the Lycian Xanthus of 5.479. cf. (“ποταμὸς”) “ὃν Ξάνθον καλέουσι θεοί, ἄνδρες δὲ Σκάμανδρον γ” 74.

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