cf. 273, 303.θεῖναι: on “ἡ δέ” 87. — For the inf. as imv. of the third person, cf. “εἰ μέν κεν ἐμὲ κεῖνος ἕλῃ . . . σῶμα δὲ οἴκαδ᾽ ἐμὸν δόμεναι Η” 77 ff., “ἀλλὰ τὸ μὲν φάσθαι, τὸ δὲ καὶ κεκρυμμένον εἶναι λ” 443. ἐπὶ γούνασιν: on the lap of the sitting statue. The robe was placed on the knees of the goddess as if for actual use. The worshipper desired to adorn the image of the divinity. Thus, in modern times, robes and jewels are given to figures of the Virgin and the Holy Child. — This is the only distinct reference in the Homeric poems to a graven image (here, prob. of wood) of a divinity, and temples do not seem to abound. — Strabo, xiii. 601, says that very many of the early statues of Athena represented her in a sitting posture.
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