εὐρυφυές, ‘broad-eared;’ the grains of barley are not set so close round a central stem as in wheat. Commentators compare Virg. Ecl. 5. 36‘grandia hordea;’ but there the epithet is only rhetorical to express the contrast between great efforts and small results. Most editors read here τ᾽ ἠδ᾽ εὐρυφυές, but the reading τε ἰδ᾽ is admitted by Bekker, on the supposition that “ἰδέ” has the “Ϝ” prefixed. This is not likely; the initial prefix, if any, being probably the jod rather than the digamma. But τε ἰδ᾽ may be regarded as a regular case of hiatus, as in Hom. Od.11. 337; so we have “κατάγοντο ἰδέ” Hom. Od.3. 10.Cp. Hoffm. Quaest. Hom. 1. 89 “"Sunt loci nonnulli quibus offeratur hiatus ante “ἰδέ”, ubi deleto hiatu Wolfius scripsit “ἠδέ”, Il. 2. 697; 4. 147, 382; 6. 469; 8. 162; 12. 311; 21. 351; 22. 469. Intactos tamen reliquit 5. 3; 10. 573; 6. 348. Patet utrosque locos eadem ratione uti."”
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