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Ἄργην . . . Ὦπιν. ‘The bright’ and the ‘seeing one’ are obviously epithets of Artemis.

ταύτας: i. e. Hyperoche and Laodice.

ὠκυτόκου: i. e. for the ‘quick delivery’ of Latona; Pausanias (i. 18. 5) brings Eileithuia from the Hyperboreans to help Latona.

ἀγείρειν is especially used of ‘gathering sacred gifts’ (cf. ἀγύρτης), but = ‘begging’ in general; it is as old as Homer (Od. xvii. 362). Pausanias (ix. 27. 2) makes Olen the oldest of Greek hymn writers, and (x. 5. 4), quoting a Delphic tradition, a Hyperborean. As connected with Apollo, he comes from Lycia. The fact that his hymns were in hexameters dates him about the eighth century, if he be a real person at all.

πρὸς ἠῶ. For variations in burial positions cf. Plut. Sol. 10; the cult here was pre-Ionian, for the Ionians placed their dead facing west (ib.).

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