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οἶδα. This phrase implies personal inquiry on the part of H., who seldom gives his opinion so strongly; cf. i. 20.

For the Enchelees cf. v. 61. 2 n. The oracle apparently promised the Enchelees victory over the Illyrians if they took Cadmus and Harmonia as leaders (Apollod. iii. 5. 4), and prophesied an incursion into Greece, warning them against the plunder of Delphi; cf.

Δράκων γενήσει μεταβαλών, δάμαρ τε σὴ
ἐκθηριωθεῖς᾿ ὄφεος ἀλλάξει τύπον,
ἣν Ἄρεος ἔσχες Ἁρμονίαν θνητὸς γεγώς.
ὄχον δὲ μόσχων, χρησμὸς ὡς λέγει Διός,
ἐλᾷς μετ̓ ἀλόχου, βαρβάρων ἡγούμενος.
πολλὰς δὲ πέρσεις ἀναρίθμῳ στρατεύματι
πόλεις: ὅταν δὲ Λοξίου χρηστήριον
διαρπάσωσι, νόστον ἄθλιον πάλιν
σχήσουσι . . .

τὰ μέν = μέν resumed by ταῦτα μέν (§ 2). For Bacis cf. viii. 20. 1 n., and for Musaeus vii. 6. 3 n.


The extract is ungrammatical, no verb being given to govern σύνοδον καὶ ἰυγήν. The style is Homeric; cf. Il. iv 383Ἀσωπὸν δ̓ ἵκοντο βαθύσχοινον λεχεποίην”. Glisas, mentioned in Homer (Il. ii. 504), lay north-east of Thebes, just south of Mount Hypatus and above the Aonian plain (Strabo 412; Paus. ix. 19. 3 with Frazer); its ruins are perched on the rocky hill of Tourleza. The Thermodon seems to be the Calamites, rising west of Harma and flowing through the Aonian plain to the lake of Hylica (Frazer, Paus. v, p. 62). The fight between the Thebans and the Epigoni was said to have taken place in this region.

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    • Pseudo-Apollodorus, Library, 3.5.4
    • Euripides, Bacchae, 1330
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    • Homer, Iliad, 2.504
    • Homer, Iliad, 4.383
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