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λεύκιππος, or “λευκόπωλος”, is often an epithet of deities or heroes, as in Pind. O. 6. 95(Persephonè); Pind. P. 1. 66(the Dioscuri); Ibycus fr. 16 (the sons of Poseidon, the “Μολίονε” of Il. 11. 709), etc. And white horses are especially praised for swiftness: Il. 10. 437(the Thracian horses of Rhesus) “λευκότεροι χιόνος, θείειν δ᾽ ἀνέμοισιν ὁμοῖοι”: like those of Turnus ( Aen. 12. 84), qui candore nives anteirent, cursibus auras. Hence the proverbs; Plaut. Asin. 2. 2. 13quadrigis albis” : Hor. Sat. 1. 7. 8equis praecurreret albis.” Yet Verg. G. 3. 82 says “color deterrimus albo.” It might be surmised that the reputation of white horses for speed rested less upon fact than upon their poetical association with divine or heroic persons.

Αἰνιὰν. The “Αἰνιᾶνες” (Ion. “Ἐνιῆνες”, Il. 2. 749, where the “ι” is short, and Her. 7. 132) were a tribe in the south of Thessaly, dwelling in the upper valley of the Spercheius, among the highlands of Oeta. The Malians were their neighbours on the south-east, and the Dolopes on the north-west; on the north, they touched the ancient Phthiotis.


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