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[455] ξένην ἔπι sc. γῆν: Soph. OC 184ξεῖνος ἐπὶ ξένης”: Soph. Phil. 135ἐν ξένᾳ ξένον.

γαῖαν with προδεικνὺς only: pointing to, i.e. feeling, ψηλαφῶν, the ground before him: so of a boxer, χερσὶ προδεικνύς, sparring, Theocr. 22.102. Cp. Lucian Hercules 1 τὸ τόξον ἐντεταμένον ἀριστερὰ προδείκνυσι, i.e. holds in front of him: id. Hermotimus 68 θαλλῷ προδειχθέντι ἀκολουθεῖν, ὥσπερ τὰ πρόβατα. Seneca Oed. 656 repet incertus viae, | Baculo senili triste praetentans iter. The order of words is against taking ξένην with γαῖαν (when we should write ἐπὶ), and supplying τὴν ὁδόν with προδεικνύς.

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