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Αἰτναίαςπώλου, not seen, of course, by the spectators: Ismene leaves it with her servant (334), and enters on foot (320). Sicily having a reputation both for its horses (Oppian Cyneg. 1. 170) and for its mules (Photius 366. 12), some understand a mule here, as that animal (with an easy saddle, ἀστράβη) was much used for such journeys. But though “πῶλος”, with a defining word (as “τῶν καμήλωνArist. Hist. An. 1.1.47, “κύνεοιAnthol. 12. 238) could denote the young of animals other than the horse, “πῶλοςalone would always mean a young horse.

Αἰτναίας implies some choice breed, as in Theophr. Char. XXI (=VII in my 1st ed.) the “μικροφιλότιμος” buys “Λακωνικὰς κύνας, Σικελικὰς περιστεράς”, etc. In Aristoph. Pax 73 the “Αἰτναῖος μέγιστος κάνθαρος” is not a mere joke on the Etna breed of horses, but alludes to a species of beetle actually found there (cp. Aesch. fr. 229, Plato Com. ἑορτ. fr. 13, quoted by schol. ad loc.).

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