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πρός τε ποίμνας=“πρὸς ποίμνας τε”: for “τε” misplaced, cp. 654: O.T. 258 n. As distinguished from herds of oxen, “ποῖμναι” are flocks of sheep and goats; cp. 63, 297, 374. But the word “ποῖμναι” is also used more vaguely to denote both herds and flocks (42, 300): and in 1061 we find even “μῆλα καὶ ποίμνας”, ‘sheep and cattle.’

σύμμικτά τεφρουρήματα: confused, unshared, spoil-charges of herdsmen, i.e., ‘the confused droves, your unshared spoil, guarded by herdsmen.’ λείας is a defining gen., denoting that in which the “φρουρήματα” consisted; βουκόλων is a possessive gen. Cp. El. 681Ἑλλάδος πρόσχημ᾽ ἀγῶνος”, the pride of Greece (possessive gen.), consisting in a festival (defining gen.): so Aesch. Ch. 183καρδίας κλυδώνιον χολῆς” (defining gen.). Others prefer to take “λείας” as a partitive gen. (‘forming part of the spoil’),—less fitly, I think.


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