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[444] 444 = 3.381. 445-48, cf. 5.436-39, 16.703-06, 784-86. 447 is omitted by most MSS. As it occurs in all the three parallel passages, it is more likely to be interpolated from them than wrongly omitted. It is less suitable here, as in the other places the fourth onset is the signal for an interference from the divine opponent, and so merits special mention; here it is only the occasion for a violent speech from Achilles himself, and leads to nothing at all. The passage clearly gains by the omission, but it is not improbable that we should regard 445-48 as a copy of a familiar scheme which has supplanted a line such as “δουρὶ δ᾽ ἐπαΐσσων προσέφη πόδας ὠκὺς Ἀχιλλεύς” (Fick, from 11.361).

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