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Yes, and I would have you know he was brutally mangled.1 And even as she buried him in this way, [440] she acted with intent to make the manner of his death a burden on your life past all power to bear. You hear the story of the ignominious outrage done to your father.

1 An allusion to the savage custom by which the extremities of the murdered man were cut off, then hung about his neck and tied together under the arm-pits (μασχάλαι). At least one object of this “arm-pitting” was to disable the spirit of the dead from taking vengeance on the murderer.

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