τιθήνας: this title recalls the maenads of later Dionysos-worship. It appears to have had a peculiar mystic significance, from the words of Soph. O. C. 1050 “πότνιαι σεμνὰ τιθηνοῦνται τέλη θνατοῖσιν” . The maenads typified the nymphs who nursed Dionysos at his birth, Hymn. Hom. xxvi. The word “μαινάς” occurs once in H., in a simile — 22.460.
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