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ἅμιππος, swift as horses. Cp. O. T. 466ἀελλάδων ἵππων”, ‘storm-swift steeds.’ In prose “ἅμιπποι”=foot-soldiers who, in the Boeotian army, were sometimes told off to run alongside the cavalry (Thuc. 5.57, Xen. Hellen. 7.5.23). Cp. Theogn. 715 “ὠκύτερος δ᾽ εἴησθα πόδας ταχεῶν Ἁρπυιῶν καὶ παίδων Βορέω.

ὀρθόποδος, steep. “ὀρθόπους”, ‘erect upon one's feet,’ seems to be here merely a poet. equiv. (suggested by metrical convenience) for “ὄρθιος”. This was the more natural, since “πούς, κνήμη”, etc., were so oft. said of mountains. In O. T. 866ὑψίποδες”, said of the eternal “νόμοι”, differs from “ὀρθόπους” here by implying movement (‘of sublime range’). We need not, then, explain “ὀρθόπους” as=“ὄρθιος τοῖς τοῦ ἀναβαίνοντος ποσί”.


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