τρητοῖσι: see M. and R. on Od. 1.440, where it is explained to mean morticed, on the strength of Plat. Pol. 279E “τῶν δὲ συνθετῶν τὰ μὲν τρητά, τὰ δὲ ἄνευ τρήσεως σύνδετα”. But Plato can hardly be quoted as a decisive authority on Homeric archaeology; and the following passage from Od. 23.196-201 is strongly in favour either of the interpretation ‘pierced with holes through which straps were passed to support the bedding,’ or still better ‘pierced with holes by which to rivet on the ornamental plates or disks’ (v. on “δινωτοῖσι” 391): —“κορμὸν δ᾽ ἐκ ῥίζης προταμὼν ἀμφέξεσα χαλκῶι εὖ καὶ ἐπισταμένως, καὶ ἐπὶ στάθμην ἴθυνα, ἑρμῖν᾽ ἀσκήσας: τέτρηνα δὲ πάντα τερέτρωι. ἐκ δὲ τοῦ ἀρχόμενος λέχος ἔξεον, ὄφρ᾽ ἐτέλεσσα, δαιδάλλων χρυσῶι τε καὶ ἀργύρωι ἠδ᾽ ἐλέφαντι: ἐν δ᾽ ἐτάνυσσ᾽ ἱμάντα βοὸς φοίνικι φαεινόν”.
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