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[25] γείνατο. This form of expression is equivalent to “τί νυ ὧδε μεθήμων πέφυκας”; Trans. ‘Why hath thy mother such a lazy daughter in thee?’ The words serve to point a contrast between the thrifty housewifery of the queen and the idleness of the princess. Cp. Il.13. 777ἐπεὶ οὐδ᾽ ἐμὲ πάμπαν ἀνάλκιδα γείνατο μήτηρ”, Horace, Od.3. 10. 11‘non te Penelopen difficilem procis

Tyrrhenus genuit parens.’

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