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μόνα δ̓: whereas in an ordinary “ἀγών” there were several “ῥαβδοῦχοι. ...εὔλεκτρος”: in Ant.795 the epithet of a bride: here, of the goddess who gives fair brides to men.

ἐν μέσῳ here refers to the umpire as an impartial judge between two competitors.

ῥαβδονόμει ( = “ἐρραβδονόμει”). The officials who maintained order in the contests at the great festivals were called “ῥαβδοῦχοι”: Thuc.5. 50ἐν τῷ ἀγῶνι ὑπὸ τῶν ῥαβδούχων πληγὰς ἔλαβεν”. The term included the notion of ‘umpire’: Plat. Prot. 338Aπείθεσθέ μοι ῥαβδοῦχον καὶ ἐπιστάτην καὶ πρύτανιν ἑλέσθαι, ὃς ὑμῖν φυλάξει τὸ μέτριον μῆκος τῶν λόγων ἑκατέρου”. The verb “ῥαβδονομεῖν” occurs only here, and “ῥαβδονόμος” itself is postclassical: but cp. Hesych. (s. v.ῥάβδοι”), “καὶ βραβευτὴς ῥαβδονόμος”.

Aphroditè is here the only person near the two combatants (ξυνοῦσα): Deianeira views the fight from afar. But the scene was not always so conceived. Thus the Megarian “θησαυρός” at Olympia contained a group of figures in gilt cedarwood, of which Paus. (6. 19. 12) says: “Ζεὺς δὲ ἐνταῦθα καὶ Δηιάνειρα καὶ Ἀχελῷος καὶ Ἡρ<*>κλῆς ἐστιν Ἄρης τε τῷ Ἀχελῴῳ βοηθῶν”.

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    • Plato, Protagoras, 338a
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