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[2] ἕδρας The word ἕδρα= “posture,” here, as usu., sitting: when kneelingis meant, some qualification is added, as Eur. Phoen. 293γονυπετεῖς ἕδρας προσπίτνω σ᾽,” “I supplicate thee on my knees.” The suppliants are sitting on the steps (βάθρα) of the altars, on which they have laid the κλάδοι: see 142: cp. 15 προσήμεθα, 20 θακεῖ: Aesch. Eum. 40 (Orestes a suppliant in the Delphian temple) ἐπ᾽ ὀμφαλῷ (on the omphalos) ἕδραν ἔχοντα προστρόπαιον ... ἐλαίας θ᾽ ὑψιγέννητον κλάδον. θοάζετε prob. = θάσσετε, “sit,” ἕδρας being cognate acc. In Eur. θοάζωθοός) always =“to hasten” (transitive or intrans.). But Empedocles and Aesch. clearly use θοάζω as =θάσσω, the sound and form perh. suggesting the epic θαάσσω, θόωκος. See Appendix.

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