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[38] μνήσει σε θεός. Cp. Od.3. 27ἄλλα δὲ καὶ δαίμων ὑποθήσεται”, and Od.4. 181.No special god is here alluded to, certainly not Poseidon, as suggested by the Schol., nor Helios; but in the most general sense, ‘some kindly power.’ We find similar expressions in “φωτὶ . . ὅν κε θεὸς τιμᾷ Il.17. 99, “οὐδέ κεν ἄλλως

οὐδὲ θεὸς τεύξειε Od.8. 177, “θεὸς δὲ τὸ μὲν δώσει τὸ δ᾽ ἐάσει Od.14. 444.Comparing these passages with such phrases as “ὑπὲρ θεόν Il.17. 327, “ἄνευθε θεοῦ Il.5. 185, “σὺν θεῷ Il.9. 49, it does not seem likely that any expression of a monotheistic feeling is intended; which would ill accord with the thorough anthropomorphism of the Homeric religion.
αὐτός is emphatic; like Lat. ipse with the force of ultro.

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