οὐ μέν τοι. The return to this is “ἀλλ᾽ ἄγε” v. 162, while ξεῖνον μέν (160) is answered by “οἵδε δέ”. The comparative κάλλιον means that this unusual way of treating a stranger is no improvement upon, ‘not more honourable than,’ their ordinary custom of bidding him welcome. See Od.3. 69 foll. The infinitive ἧσθαι is the epexegesis to τόδε, as Od.1. 370, 376; 4. 197; 11. 363; 19. 283; 20. 52; 21. 126.
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