ὥς τε to be joined with κουράων, ‘as it were the
voice of girls.’ Cp. Od.4.
45“ὥς τε γὰρ ἠελίου αἴγλη πέλεν ἠὲ
is further defined by the
addition of νυμφάων
, cp. Od.4. 63
“ἀνδρῶν . .
”. The voice of nymphs may further have
suggested to him the presence of mortals, as sacrifices and altars to the
nymphs are mentioned in Od.13. 350
. Homer speaks of nymphs of fountains
and streams, “νηίδες
; nymphs of mountains, “ὀρεστιάδες
, and “ἀγρονόμοι
”, as sup. 105. They are represented as daughters of
Zeus in Il.6. 420
, having their origin
from springs, groves, and rivers, Od.13.
, and worshipped in sacred grottos,
The two lines, 123-4, though accepted without
objection by the Scholl., are suspected or rejected by many modern editors.
Nitzsch remarks that 124 is identical with Il.20.
and h. Hom. Ven. 99
; and that the
supposition that the cry came from nymphs would really give very little hint
about the place being inhabited by mortals. Bothe objects to the combination
”, and proposes to read
”. The Schol. supposes it was the
loneliness of the place that suggested the presence of nymphs, and the
alternative possibility of the presence of mortals is given in “ἦ νύ που
”, which he writes with the disjunctive