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ἠγορόωντο. The word in this epic form may be ironically reminiscent of such passages as Il. iv. 1, viii. 230. Elaborate oratory, an Ionic failing (iii. 46), was certainly unseasonable, yet the campaign of Salamis too was conducted by discussion (viii. 49, 56 f.).

Ἐπὶ ξυροῦ, ‘balanced on a razor's edge.’ Cf. Il. x. 173.

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