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[26] Join κεῖται ἀκηδέα. The epithet σιγαλόεντα is a fixed one (cp. Schol. Venet. on Il.8. 551οὐκ ἐπὶ τῆς τότε ἀλλ᾽ ἐπὶ τῆς φύσει”), and is so inseparable from its noun that no contradiction is felt by the combination of “ἀκηδέα” with it: cp. also inf. 74 “ἐσθῆτα φαεινήν”. By a similar acceptance of the fixed epithet, the comrades of Odysseus, who have just ruined their master by their selfishness, are still called “ἐρίηρες”, Od.12. 397; and the horses of Antilochus, though called “ὠκύποδες Il.23. 304, are specified, ib. 310, as “βάρδιστοι θείειν”.

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