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ἔφριξ̓: for the aor., cp. 536: Ar. Eq. 696ἥσθην ἀπειλαῖς, ἐγέλασα ψολοκομπίαις”. Aesch. fr. 387 “ἔφριξ᾽ ἔρως δὲ” (“ἔρωτι” Brunck) “τοῦδε μυστικοῦ τέλους”. Here ἔρωτι seems to mean a transport of joy; it cannot be explained of their yearning for the bright future of which they are dreaming. I do not know any exactly similar use of “ἔρως”. Cp. Statius Theb. 1. 493laetusque per artus | Horror iit.

ἀνεπτάμαν: for the form, see on 282προσέπτατο”. Cp. Ant. 1307ἀνέπταν φόβῳ”: Helen. 632 “γέγηθα, κρατὶ δ᾽ ὀρθίους ἐθείρας ἀνεπτέρωκα”.

694 ff. Pan was a domestic deity to Salaminians, since one of his reputed haunts was the islet of Psyttaleia, lying between “Κυνόσουρα”, a tongue of land on the E. side of Salamis, and the Peiraeus. Aesch. mentions it ( Aesch. Pers. 448 f.): “βαιά, δύσορμος ναυσίν, ἣν φιλόχορος Πὰν ἐμβατεύει, ποντίας ἀκτῆς ἔπι.

ἁλίπλαγκτε, though separated from “φάνηθ̓”, is perhaps best taken with it, since, as merely a general epithet of the god, it would here be less fitting; but then there must be no comma after it. Cp. Ph. 760δύστηνε..φανείς”: ib. 828 “εὐαὲς ἡμῖν ἔλθοις” (n.): Theocr. 17. 66ὄλβιε κῶρε γένοιο”. Nonnus 43. 214 describes Pan as “ἀβάτοισιν ἐν ὕδασι κοῦφος ὁδίτης”.

Κυλλανίαςδειράδος. Mount Cyllenè, in the N. E. of Arcadia, a great isolated peak, was sacred (as his birth-place) to Hermes, the father of Pan,—whose own birth was associated by legend with Cyllenè. But, of the Arcadian hills, the well-wooded Maenalus, in the interior, was more especially beloved of Pan ( Geo. 1. 17 tua si tibi Maenala curae).

χιονοκτύπου (only here): cp. Nub. 270 “Ὀλύμπου κορυφαῖς..χιονοβλήτοισι”: Soph. Ph. 206ὑπὸ δειράσι νιφοβόλοις Παρνασοῦ”. Cyllenè attains a height of about 8000 feet.

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