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The Dolonci occur elsewhere only in Steph. Byz., and in the catalogues of Pliny (H. N. iv. 41) and Solinus. The Apsinthii (ix. 119), evidently just north of the Chersonese (ch. 37), are said to have extended as far as the Hebrus (iv. 90), where the district round the city Aenus had once been called Apsinthis (Steph. Byz.; Strabo 331, fr. 58). Myres (J. H. S. xxvii. 173) holds that the Apsinthii and Caeni overran the region occupied by Pelasgians in the Homeric catalogue.

ἱρήν. Wayfarers on the road were under the god's protection. This sacred way seems to have led east by Daulis, Panopeus, and Chaeronea, then south-east by Coronea, Haliartus, and Thebes, then south over Cithaeron to Eleusis, whence it was continued to Athens by the best-known ὁδὸς ἱερά (Paus. i. 36, 37). This was the route of the sacred embassies to Delphi; by it Apollo himself once went (Strabo 422).

ἐκτρέπονται. It is not clear how the Dolonci could turn off this road to go to Athens since Laciadae, in which stood the family home of the Philaids (Plut. Cim. 10), was between Eleusis and Athens. Hence van Herwerden would omit ἐκ as a dittograph from ἐκάλεε.

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