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[497] The gen. θανάτων after ἐπίκουρος is not objective, “against” (as Xen. Mem. 4.3.7πῦρ ... ἐπίκουρον ... ψύχους”), but causal, “on account of”; being softened by the approximation of ἐπίκουρος to the sense of τιμωρός: Eur. El. 135ἔλθοις τῶνδε πόνων ἐμοὶ τᾷ μελέᾳ λυτήρ, ... πατρί θ᾽ αἱμάτων ἐχθίστων ἐπίκουρος”(= “avenger”). The allusive plur. Θανάτων is like αἱμάτων there, and “δεσποτῶν θανάτοισιAesch. Lib. 52: cp. above 366, τοῖς φιλτάτοις.

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