43-49. The whole passage is identical with Il.24. 339-345, to which place the mention of the magic wand and its soporific powers seems more appropriate: for Hermes had on that occasion to lull the sentinels to sleep, “τοῖσι δ᾽ ἐφ᾽ ὕπνον ἔχευε διάκτορος ἀργειφόντης”“πᾶσιν”, which words explain “τῇ τ᾽ ἀνδρῶν ὄμματα θέλγει”. Virgil, in his adaptation of the passage, Aen.4. 238 foll., extends the power of the wand to the causing or breaking the sleep of death, ‘dat somnos adimitque et lumina morte resignat.’
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