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358 P) as continuing the tradition. 134 . Philom eleides is explained b y Eustathius as a king of Lesbos who challenged every new com er to a w restling match. W e know nothing else about this exploit of O dysseus. 140 . τά : H om eric use o f the definite article as relative pronoun is norm ally restricted to cases w here the noun or pronoun im m ediately precedes, as seen in έτος . . τφ and Α ιθίοπας, τοi at i 16 -17 and 23. For the rule, see ■ M onro, Homenc Dialect, 231, w ho cites this verse (= iv 349) and II.
In sim ilar situations we find a verse w hose first h alf says ‘so he (she) spoke’ and w hose second half describes the effect of this utterance using the w ord μύθος. Cf. ώ ς εφατ Α λκίνοος (Αντίνοος, Αμφίνοος), τοίσιν δ ’ επιήνδανε μύθος (7 X )i ώ ϊ φάτο Σαρττήδων, δάκε δε φρένας "Εκτορι μύθος (II. ν 493); ώ? φάτο Πουλυδάμας, &8e S’ "Εκτορι μύθος άττήμων (2 X). It is most likely that our verse should be interpreted analogously. B ut if the μύθος is the speech o f Telem achus, w hat does it m ean to call it άπτερος?
Records that Aristarchus gave the second interpretation. ). e. no man could surpass it in accoutrements. T his interpretation is supported by δπλισθεν δε γυναίκες, xxiii 143, describing the servingw om en of the household adorning themselves, in order to give the illusion of a w edding feast as ordered by O dysseus. Since οπλίζω is to adorn or equip finely, then νπεροπλίζομαι is ‘to surpass in adornm ent or equip m ent’ . T his interpretation has been largely overlooked in the past, the only exception I could find being van der Valk, Textual Criticism, 127, who sim ply translates ‘to surpass’, with no discussion o f its being a hapax and no explanation o f how it comes to have this meaning.