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2607 (return)
[ This song is called by pseudo-Herodotus EIRESIONE. The word properly indicates a garland wound with wool which was worn at harvest-festivals, but came to be applied first to the harvest song and then to any begging song. The present is akin the Swallow-Song (XELIDONISMA), sung at the beginning of spring, and answered to the still surviving English May-Day songs. Cp. Athenaeus, viii. 360 B.]

2608 (return)
[ The lice which they caught in their clothes they left behind, but carried home in their clothes those which they could not catch.]

2701 (return)
[ See the cylix reproduced by Gerhard, Abhandlungen, taf. 5,4. Cp. Stesichorus, Frag. 3 (Smyth).]

2801 (return)
[ The haunch was regarded as a dishonourable portion.]

2802 (return)
[ The horse of [Adrastus], offspring of Poseidon and Demeter, who had changed herself into a mare to escape Poseidon.]

2803 (return)
[ Restored from Pindar Ol. vi. 15 who, according to Asclepiades, derives the passage from the "Thebais".]

2901 (return)
[ So called from Teumessus, a hill in Boeotia. For the derivation of Teumessus cp. Antimachus "Thebais" fr. 3 (Kinkel).]

3001 (return)
[ The preceding part of the Epic Cycle (?).]

3002 (return)
[ While the Greeks were sacrificing at [Aulis], a serpent appeared and devoured eight young birds from their nest and lastly the mother of the brood. This was interpreted by Calchas to mean that the war would swallow up nine full years. Cp. "Iliad" ii, 299 ff.]

3003 (return)
[ i.e. Stasinus (or Hegesias: cp. fr. 6): the phrase 'Cyprian histories' is equivalent to "The Cypria".]

3004 (return)
[ Cp. Allen "C.R." xxvii. 190.]

3005 (return)
[ These two lines possibly belong to the account of the feast given by [Agamemnon] at Lemnos.]

3006 (return)
[ sc. the Asiatic [Thebes] at the foot of Mt. Placius.]

3101 (return)
[ sc. after cremation.]

3102 (return)
[ This fragment comes from a version of the "Contest of Homer and Hesiod" widely different from that now extant. The words 'as Lesches gives them (says)' seem to indicate that the verse and a half assigned to Homer came from the "Little Iliad". It is possible they may have introduced some unusually striking incident, such as the actual Fall of [Troy].]

3103 (return)
[ i.e. in the paintings by Polygnotus at [Delphi].]

3104 (return)
[ i.e. the dead bodies in the picture.]

3105 (return)
[ According to this version Aeneas was taken to Pharsalia. Better known are the Homeric account (according to which Aeneas founded a new dynasty at Troy), and the legends which make him seek a new home in Italy.]

3201 (return)
[ sc. knowledge of both surgery and of drugs.]

3301 (return)
[ Clement attributes this line to Augias: probably Agias is intended.]

3302 (return)
[ Identical with the "Returns", in which the Sons of [Atreus] occupy the most prominent parts.]

3401 (return)
[ This Artemisia, who distinguished herself at the battle of Salamis (Herodotus, vii. 99) is here confused with the later Artemisia, the wife of Mausolus, who died 350 B.C.]

3402 (return)
[ i.e. the fox knows many ways to baffle its foes, while the hedge-hog knows one only which is far more effectual.]

3403 (return)
[ Attributed to Homer by Zenobius, and by Bergk to the "Margites".]

3501 (return)
[ i.e. 'monkey-men'.]

3601 (return)
[ Lines 42-52 are intrusive; the list of vegetables which the Mouse cannot eat must follow immediately after the various dishes of which he does eat.]

3602 (return)
[ lit. 'those unable to swim'.]

3603 (return)
[ This may be a parody of [Orion]'s threat in Hesiod, "Astronomy", frag. 4.]

3701 (return)
[ sc. the riddle of the fisher-boys which comes at the end of this work.]

3702 (return)
[ The verses of Hesiod are called doubtful in meaning because they are, if taken alone, either incomplete or absurd.]

3703 (return)
[ "Works and Days", ll. 383-392.]

3704 (return)
[ "Iliad" xiii, ll. 126-133, 339-344.]

3705 (return)
[ The accepted text of the "Iliad" contains 15,693 verses; that of the "Odyssey", 12,110.]

3706 (return)
[ "Iliad" ii, ll. 559-568 (with two additional verses).]

3707 (return)
[ "Homeric Hymns", iii.]

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