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[482] ζῶντα “ living,” i.e. operative, effectual; see on 45 ζώσας.

περιποτᾶται the doom pronounced by Apollo hovers around the murderer as the οἷστρος around some tormented animal: he cannot shake off its pursuit. The haunting thoughts of guilt are objectively imaged as terrible words ever sounding in the wanderer's ears.

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