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Hermes the Smooth Talker: Bacchylides 19.29

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This paper deals with a textual problem in the Io story of Bacchylides 19. My aim is to provide a supplement for line 19.29 that introduces a preliminary state to the way in which Argus has been overpowered by Hermes. The supplement I propose assumes a hapax attested, expanded form of έριούνιος for Hermes, ειριούνιος, and puts forward an etymological explication of the epithet as 'efficient in words', ergo a 'smooth talker'.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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