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[294] “λευκάσπιδα, ἅπ. εἰρ”. in H. The only case where “λευκός” is connected with a shield is 1.35, where on Agamemnon's shield are “ὀμφαλοὶ . . κασσιτέροιο λευκοί” (or rather “λευκοῖ᾽”, see note there). The adjective may mean no more than resplendent, see on 14.185. In Trag. it is the characteristic epithet of the Argives; Aisch. Sept. 90, Soph. Ant. 106, Eur. Phoen. 1099.White shields are among the votive offerings recorded in the recently-discovered inventory of the temple at Aegina; they are attributed by Xenophon ( Hell. iii. 2. 15) to the Karians, and by Plutarch ( Cleom. 23) to Macedonians.

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    • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, 90
    • Euripides, Phoenician Women, 1099
    • Homer, Iliad, 1.35
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 106
    • Xenophon, Hellenica, 3.2.15
    • Plutarch, Cleomenes, 23
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