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[1243] ἀμφιδεξίοις here = not simply “both,” but “belonging to both hands” (for ἀκμαῖς alone would scarcely have been used for “hands ”): so in Soph. OC 1112ἐρείσατε πλευρὸν ἀμφιδέξιον” can mean, “press your sides to mine on either hand.” ἀμφιδέξιος usu. means “equally deft with either hand ” (ambidexter), opp. to ἀμφαρίστερος, “utterly gauche ” (Ar. fr. 432): hence “ambiguous ” (of an oracle, Hdt. 5.92). The Sophoclean use has at least so much warrant from etymology that δεξιά, from δεκ with added ς, prop. meant merely “the catcher” or “receiver”: see Curt. Etym. 11.266.

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