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καὶ εἰ...ἔροιτο. The apodosis to this duplicated protasis is to be found in ἴσμεν ὅτι κτλ. (192 E). For Hephaestus and his tools, see Od. VIII. 266 ff., esp. 274 ἐν δ᾽ ἔθετ᾽ ἀκμοθέτῳ μέγαν ἄκμονα, κόπτε τε δεσμοὺς | ἀρρήκτους ἀλύτους ὄφρ᾽ ἔμπεδον αὖθι μένοιεν. He would also have his bellows (φῦσαι), tongs (πύραγρα), and hammer (σφῦρα, ῥαιστήρ): see Il. XVIII. 372 ff., 474 ff.


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