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[40] ἄξαντε: from “ἄγνυμι. — ἐν πρώτῳ ῥυμῷ”: at the front end of the pole. Cf.Π 371, Ε 729, ἐυξέστῳ ἐπὶ ῥυμῷ πέζῃ ἔπι πρώτῃ Ω” 271 f. The pole broke in the same place at 16.371. — The horses were held to the chariot only by the yoke, which was fastened to the pole. Thus when the pole was broken, the horses were free. On 5.730.

αὐτώ: themselves, in contrast with the deserted chariot.

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