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κρατῆρές εἰσιν: i.e. the priest in charge of the shrine keeps them ready for the use of the worshippers, near the spring in the inner part of the grove (505), from which they were to be filled. The libations to the Eumenides were wineless (100), but they are associated with the mixing-bowl which was regularly used in libations (of wine) to other deities. Bekker Anecd. 274. 3 “κρατηρίζων: ἤτοι τὸν οἶνον ἐν κρατῆρι κιρνῶν, ἀπὸ κρατήρων σπένδων”. Dem. De Fals. Legat. § 280σπονδῶν καὶ κρατήρων κοινωνούς”. In Mid. § 53῾ιν α σπυριους οραξλἐἱερὰ τελεῖν καὶ κρατῆρα κεράσαι”.

εὔχειρος: schol. “εὐπαλάμου”. Pind. Ol. 9.111εὔχειρα, δεξιόγυιον”, “"deft-handed, nimble-limbed,"” of a wrestler. Lucian Amor. 11 “τῆς Πραξιτέλους εὐχειρίας” (v.l.εὐχερείας”).

τέχνη: fr. 161 “ὅπλοις ἀρρῶξιν, Ἡφαίστου τέχνῃ” (the work of Hephaestus): a common use of the word in later Greek. Cp. Verg. Aen. 5. 359clipeum...Didymaonis artes.” Mixing-bowls were made not only of earthenware, but oft. of gold, silver, or bronze: Achilles had an ἀργύρεον κρητῆρα τετυγμένον:

...αὐτὰρ κάλλει ἐνίκα πᾶσαν ἐπ᾽ αἶαν
πολλόν: ἐπεὶ Σιδόνες πολυδαίδαλοι εὖ ἤσκησαν


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    • Demosthenes, On the False Embassy, 280
    • Demosthenes, Against Midias, 53
    • Pindar, Olympian, 9
    • Homer, Iliad, 23.741
    • Vergil, Aeneid, 5.359
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