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[263] f. Πειρίθοον . . . Πολύφημον: Lapithae, a Thessalian mountain-folk famed for its conflict with the centaurs. This strife began at the wedding feast of Peirithous (a friend of Theseus) because of the insolence of the intoxicated centaurs; cf. 2.741 ff., Od. 21.295 ff. The battle furnished subjects for the sculptures in the west pediment of the temple of Zeus at Olympia, for the metopes on the south side of the Parthenon at Athens, for the frieze of the temple of Apollo at Phigalia, and for the frieze of the tomb of Mausolus (the Mausoleum) at Halicarnassus, as well as for vases and other works of art.

265 = Hesiod Shield 182. — Theseus, king of Athens, was the most famous ally of the Lapithae.

ἐπιείκελον: the hiatus between the prep. and the adj. is only apparent, see “ἴκελος” § 14 a.

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