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[391] κεῖνος, as though pointing to him; 19.344, etc. δινωτοῖσι: cf. Od. 19.56κλισίην δινωτὴν ἐλέφαντι καὶ ἀργύρωι”. Ariston. explains “ἤτοι διὰ τὸ τετορνεῦσθαι” (turned in a lathe) “τοὺς πόδας, διὰ τὴν ἔντασιν τῶν ἱμάντων” (i.e. apparently, that the leathern straps — for which see Od. 23.201 — were tightened by twisting or winding them). But this latter does not suit the chair in “τ”, while the idea of ‘turning’ is not easily connected with ivory and silver ornament. In 13.407 a shield is “ῥινοῖσι βοῶν καὶ νώροπι χαλκῶι

δινωτήν” where the circular plates of the shield are meant. The most probable explanation of the word here is ‘adorned with circles or spirals’ of silver or the like, inlaid. This pattern is of high antiquity, being found e.g. by Dr. Schliemann at Mykenai in profusion. See the illustrations in Murray Hist. Gr. Sculp. pp. 38-40, ‘the forms which most naturally arise from copper working are spirals and circles, into either of which a thread of this metal when released at once casts itself.’ The use of “ἀμφιδεδίνηται” is similar in Od. 8.405, 23.562.

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