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[172] τόκοισιν by births. Women are released from travail, not by the birth of living children, but either by death before delivery, or by still births. See on 26, and cp. Hes. WD 244οὐδὲ γυναῖκες τίκτουσιν.” If τόκοισιν= “in child-bed” (and so the schol., ἐν τοῖς τόκοις), the meaning would be simply, “women die in child-bed,” —not necessarily “before child-birth”; but the point here is the blight on the fruits of earth and womb, —not merely the mortality among women.

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