Ἄρεά τε κ.τ.λ. The acc. and infin. Ἄρεα ... νωτίσαι depend on δός or the like, suggested by the preceding words. Cp. Hom. Il. 7.179 “Ζεῦ πάπερ, ἢ Αἴαντα λαχεῖν ἢ Τυδέος υἱόν” （grant that）. Aesch. Seven 253 “θεοὶ πολῖται, μή με δουλείας τυχεῖν.” μαλερόν, raging: cp. “μαλεροῦ πυρός” Hom. Il. 9.242: μαλερῶν ... λεόντων Aesch. Ag. 141. Ares is for Soph. not merely the war-god, but generally βροτολοιγός, the Destroyer: cp. Soph. Aj. 706. Here he is identified with the fiery plague. ἄχαλκος ἀσπίδων （cp. Soph. El. 36 “ἄσκευον ἀσπίδων”: Eur. Phoen. 324 “ἄπεπλος φαρέων”）: Ares comes not, indeed, as the god of war （“ὁ χαλκοβόας Ἄρης,” Soph. OC 1046）, yet shrieks of the dying surround him with a cry（βοή） as of battle.
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