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[57] Lit., “void of men, when they do not dwell with thee in the city”: ἀνδρῶν depends on ἔρημος, of which μὴ ξυνοικούντων ἔσω is epexegetic. Rhythm and Sophoclean usage make this better than to take ἀνδρῶν μὴ ξυνοικ. . as a gen. absol. Cp. Soph. Aj. 464γυμνὸν φανέντα τῶν ἀριστείων ἄτερ”: Soph. Phil. 31κενὴν οἴκησιν ἀνθρώπων δίχα”: Lucret. 5.841 muta sine ore etiam, sine voltu caeca.

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