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[110] ἔφασκε sc. θεὸςεὑρεθήσεσθαι τὸ ἴχνος). τὸ δὲ ζητούμενον: δὲ has a sententious force, = “now.” The γνώμη, though uttered in an oracular tone, is not part of the god's message. Cp. Eur. fr. 435 αὐτός τι νῦν δρῶν εἶτα δαίμονας κάλει: τῷ γὰρ πονοῦντι καὶ θεὸς συλλαμβάνει.

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