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[190] 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. 7.179Ζεῦ πάπερ, Αἴαντα λαχεῖν Τυδέος υἱόν” (grant that). Aesch. Seven 253θεοὶ πολῖται, μή με δουλείας τυχεῖν.μαλερόν, raging: cp. “μαλεροῦ πυρόςHom. 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. 36ἄσκευον ἀσπίδων”: Eur. Phoen. 324ἄπεπλος φαρέων”): Ares comes not, indeed, as the god of war (“ χαλκοβόας Ἄρης,Soph. OC 1046), yet shrieks of the dying surround him with a cry(βοή) as of battle.

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