The gen. θανάτων after ἐπίκουρος is not objective, “against” （as Xen. Mem. 4.3.7 “πῦρ ... ἐπίκουρον ... ψύχους”）, but causal, “on account of”; being softened by the approximation of ἐπίκουρος to the sense of τιμωρός: Eur. El. 135 “ἔλθοις τῶνδε πόνων ἐμοὶ τᾷ μελέᾳ λυτήρ, ι ... πατρί θ᾽ αἱμάτων ι ἐχθίστων ἐπίκουρος”（= “avenger”）. The allusive plur. Θανάτων is like αἱμάτων there, and “δεσποτῶν θανάτοισι” Aesch. Lib. 52: cp. above 366, τοῖς φιλτάτοις.
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