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[27] ἀγόνοις abortive, or resulting in a still birth. ἐν δ᾽, adv., “and among our other woes,” “and withal”: so 183, Soph. Trach. 206, Soph. Aj. 675. Not in “tmesis” with σκήψας, though Soph. has such tmesis elsewhere, Soph. Ant. 420ἐν δ᾽ ἐμεστώθη,Soph. Ant. 1274ἐν δ᾽ ἔσεισεν.” For the simple σκήψας, cp. Aesch. Ag. 308εἶτ᾽ ἔσκηψεν,” “then it swooped.” So Aesch. Pers. 715λοιμοῦ τις ἦλθε σκηπτός. πυρφόρος θεὸς, the bringer of the plague which spreads and rages like fire (176 κρεῖσσον ἀμαιμακέτου πυρός, 191 φλέγει με): but also with reference to fever, πυρετός. Hippoc. 4.140ὁκόσοισι δὲ τῶν ἀνθρώπων πῦρ”= πυρετὸςἐμπίπτῃ: Hom. Il. 22.31καί τε φέρει”(Seirius) πολλὸν πυρετὸν δειλοῖσι βροτοῖσι (the only place where πυρετός occurs in Il. or Od.). In Soph. OC 55ἐν δ᾽ πυρφόρος θεὸς Τιτὰν Προμηθεύς” refers to the representation of Prometheus with the narthex, or a torch, in his right hand ( Eur. Phoen. 1121δεξιᾷ δὲ λαμπάδα Τιτὰν Προμηθεὺς ἔφερεν ὥς”). Cp. Aesch. Seven 432ἄνδρα πυρφόρον, φλέγει δὲ λαμπάς, κ.τ.λ.” Here also the Destroyer is imagined as armed with a deadly brand, —against which the Chorus presently invoke the holy fires of Artemis (206) and the “blithe torch” of Dionysus (214). For θεὸς said of λοιμός, cp. Simonid. Amorg. fr. 7. 101 οὐδ᾽ αἶψα λιμὸν οἰκίης ἀπώσεται, ἐχθρὸν συνοικητῆρα, δυσμενέα θεόν. Soph. fr. 837 ἀλλ᾽ φρόνησις ἁγαθὴ θεὸς μέγας.

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