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[1386] τῆς ἀκουούσης ... πηγῆς the source (viz. the orifice of the ear) from which sounds flow in upon the sense: cp. Plat. Phaedrus 245cψυχή ... πηγὴ καὶ ἀρχὴ κινήσεως.” (Not the stream of sound itself.) δι᾽ ὤτων supplements τῆς ἀκουούσης πηγῆς by suggesting the channel through which the sounds pass from the fount. Cp. fr. 773 βραδεῖα μὲν γὰρ ἐν λόγοισι προσβολὴ μόλις δι᾽ ὠτὸς ἔρχεται τρυπωμένου. ἀκούουσα πηγή, instead of πηγὴ τῆς ἀκούσεως, is said with a consciousness that πηγή means the organ of hearing, just as we might have τὰ ἀκούοντα ὦτα. Seneca paraphrases: utinam quidem rescindere has quirem vias, Manibusque adactis omne qua voces meant Aditusque verbis tramite angusto patet, Eruere possem, gnata: ... aures ingerunt, quicquid mihi Donastis, oculiSen. Oed. 226 ff.).

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