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προσημαίνειν: not really impersonal, ὁ θεός must be supplied (cf. § 3 and i. 45. 2 ad fin.). The theology is that of the age, but it is curious that H. does not here mention the iniquity of Chios (i. 160) (Macan).
Reading and writing were taught in public schools for boys. For another disaster to such a school cf. Thuc. vii. 29.
ὁ θεός: perhaps Apollo, but cf. i. 31. 3 n. ἐς γόνυ, ‘cast down,’ a metaphor from wrestling; Aesch. Pers. 930 “Ἀσία δὲ χθὼν αἰνῶς ἐπὶ γόνυ κέκλιται”.
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