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[877] With the MS. ἀπότομον ὤρουσεν εἰς ἀνάγκαν, there is a defect of \v\ \v\ or\h\. Reading ἀκρότατον in 876, Arndt supplies αἶπος before ἀπότομον, as I formerly supplied ἄκρον in the same place: E. L. Lushington thought of ὄρος to follow ἀπότομον: Campbell reads ἐξώρουσεν. But none of these remedies, nor any other of a like kind, is satisfactory, or very probable. I now agree with Wecklein in preferring Schnelle's ἀποτμοτάταν for ἀπότομον. This is metrically exact (= 867 δι᾽ αἰθέρα τεκν-), and removes the necessity for any conjectural supplement. (The superlative of ἄποτμος occurs Hom. Od. 2.219.)

ὤρουσεν gnomic aor. (cp. Soph. OC 1215κατέθεντο).

ἀνάγκαν a constraining doom from the gods: Eur. Phoen. 1000εἰς ἀνάγκην δαιμόνων ἀφιγμένοι.” Cp. Plat. Laws 716a δέ τις ἐξαρθεὶς ὑπὸ μεγαλαυχίας χρήμασιν ἐπαιρόμενος τιμαῖς καὶ σώματος εὐμορφίᾳ, ἅμα νεότητι καὶ ἀνοίᾳ φλέγεται τὴν ψυχὴν μεθ᾽ ὕβρεως ... μετὰ δὲ χρόνον οὐ πολὺν ὑποσχὼν τιμωρίαν τῇ δίκῃ ἑαυτόν τε καὶ οἷκον καὶ πόλιν ἄρδην ἀνάστατον ἐποίησε.

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