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[786] ὑφεῖρπε γὰρ πολύ so ὑφέρπειν of malicious rumour, Aesch. Ag. 450φθονερὸν δ᾽ ὑπ᾽ ἄλγος ἕρπει προδίκοις Ἀτρείδαις.” Libanius 784 A (quoted by Musgrave) πολὺς τοιοῦτος ὑφεῖρπε λόγος (perhaps suggested by this passage). Pind. I. 3.58τοῦτο γὰρ ἀθάνατον φωνᾶεν ἕρπει, εἴ τις εὖ εἴπῃ τι.” Cp. Soph. Ant. 700τοιάδ᾽ ἐρεμνὴ σῖγ᾽ ἐπέρχεται φάτις.” For πολύ cp. Soph. OC 517τὸ πολύ τοι καὶ μηδαμὰ λῆγον,” that strong rumour which is in no wise failing: Soph. OC 305πολὺ ... τὸ σὸν ὄνομα διήκει πάντας.” This version also agrees best with 775, which implies that the incident had altered his popular repute. We might render: “it was ever recurring to my mind with force”: but this (a) is a repetition: (b) is less suited to πολύ, which implies diffusion.

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