Ἔνθα, ‘Now.’ The express mark of the point of time at which the Odyssey begins, viz. the end of the seventh year of the sojourn of Odysseus in Calypso's isle.αἰπύς. Nitzsch interprets this of any form of death the danger of which suddenly comes and is as suddenly escaped. It seems more graphic to render it ‘headlong’ or ‘sheer,’ violent death being regarded as a plunge from some height. Cp. Soph. O. T.877“ἀπότομον ὤρουσεν εἰς ἀνάγκαν”, and the phrase “In tam praecipiti tempore” Ov. Fast. 2. 398.
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