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[303] ἥρωος is generally read as a dactyl, and is compared with “βέβλη^αι Il.11. 380, but Ahrens would make both spondees by synizesis. For other instances of a long syllable shortened in the middle of a word compare “ἔμπαι^ον Od.20. 379, “οἷος” (˘˘) Il.13. 275; 18.105; Od.7. 312; 20. 89, “υἱός Il.6. 130; 17.575; Od.11. 270; ( Il.1. 489?), “υἱόν Il.4. 473; 5.612; 9.84; 17. 590, “υἱέ Il.7. 47; 11.200; 15.244; ( Od.11. 478?). See Ribbeck, Hom. Forml. § 5.

κεκύθωσι (subjunctive of reduplicated aor.), is appropriate with δόμοι, as one is lost to sight from outside, as soon as the door is passed. αὐλή seems to be added, somewhat out of place, to express the first part of the premises, on which he must set foot on his way to the house. As soon as he has entered the court and passed within the house, he is to walk right through the hall to the upper end, where the king and queen will be found sitting.

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