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[417] ἀμφιπλὴξ as in Soph. Trach. 930ἀμφιπλῆγι φασγάνῳ”= a sword which smites with both edges, so here ἀμφιπλὴξ ἀρά is properly a curse which smites on both sides, — on the mother's and on the father's part. The pursuing Ἀρά must be conceived as bearing a whip with double lash(“διπλῆ μάστιξ,Soph. Aj. 242). Cp. ἀμφίπυρος, carrying two torches (Soph. Trach. 214). The genitives μητρός, πατρός might be causal, with ἀμφιπλήξ, “smiting twice— for mother and for sire,” but are better taken with ἀρά, which here = Ἐρινύς: cp. Aesch. Seven 70Ἀρά τ᾽, Ἐρινὺς πατρὸς μεγασθενής.

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