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[325] αὐερύοντα: see 1.459. The word recurs in a similar sense 12.261. παρ᾽ ὦμον naturally goes with it in the sense ‘drawing the bow back to the shoulder,’ but the following clause shews that it has to be taken also with “βάλεν. ἀποέργει”: cf. 22.324ἧι κληῗδες ἀπ᾽ ὤμων αὐχέν᾽ ἔχουσι, λαυκανίην, ἵνα τε ψυχῆς ὤκιστος ὄλεθρος”. The expression is hardly so exact here, as the collar-bone cannot be said to hold asunder neck and breast in the same way as it holds apart neck and shoulder; still the meaning is clear.

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