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For a recent discussion of av8p6fLea see E. Risch, Acta Mycenaea, ii (Salamanca, 1972), 299; on Kpi' see Chantrainc, Grammaire, i 210. COMMENTARY Polyphemus washes down his horrible meal with aKp'T/TOV milk (the word is otherwise used only of wine): there may be intentional contrast with the Hellenic custom of adding water to milk as well as to wine; but the main function of the detail is to point to the later use of aKp'T/TOS olvos; cf. S. L. Schein, 'Odysseus and Polyphemus in the Odyssey', GRBS xi ( 1970), 73-83, esp.
256-8. The Greeks panic (8w1aVTwv gen. abs. , 'before the monster in person'); cf. Bechtel, Lexilogus, 274-6. Nevertheless (dAAd Kai ws) Odysseus dares to answer (258 = iv 484)· 259-71. Laif118tws (c( 253), but towards a particular destination (Ka-rd 1rpi}~tv). Odysseus does not, however, give his name (cf. ). The observation that they have been driven off course by the will of Zeus prepares the way for 266-7 I; they are ai8oiot, and so deserve respectful treatment (ai8£io 269). L£8' £lvat) he does not ask for pity (cf.
Ov cf. 233), although the comment that the rock could not be moved by twentytwo four-wheeled waggons is an indication of the stone's weight (rather than its size) and Polyphemus' strength. ); F. Muller, op. cit. ), 43-5. We are reminded also of Hector's feat(//. a~a (ix 242 ~ ll. xii 448). a, oxm) was used for transport (cf. ll. xxiv ISO-I, Od. vi 37-8); the comparisons here and at /l. xii 445-9 indicate its use also in buildingoperations; cf. J. Wiesner, Archaeologia F, s-I I. iJA£j3aTov: the exact meaning and derivation are unknown.