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καταυλεῖν -- ἁρμονίας . καταυλεῖν (as Ast observes) does not govern ἁρμονίας, but is used absolutely: cf. Laws 790 E (of mothers singing and rocking their children to sleep) ἀτεχνῶς οἷον καταυλοῦσι τῶν παιδίων, καθάπερ αἱ τῶν ἐκφρόνων βακχειῶν ἰάσεις, ταύτῃ τῇ τῆς κινήσεως ἅμα χορείᾳ καὶ μούσῃ χρώμεναι. So expressive a word could ill be spared, although van Heusde's καταντλεῖν is ingenious enough. Cobet would read καταντλεῖν and cut out καὶ καταχεῖν, while Hartman inclines to eject καταυλεῖν καί, but the text is sound. ἁρμονίας depends on καταχεῖν. With χώνης cf. (with Hiller Fl. Jahrb. 1874 p. 174) Ar. Thesm. 18 δίκην δὲ χοάνης ὦτα: see Blaydes ad loc. The context in Aristophanes lends some colour to Hiller's notion that the comparison was taken from some earlier philosopher: cf. Theophr. de sensu § 9.

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