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[810] οὐ μὴν ἴσην γ᾽ not merely an even penalty (cp. τὴν ὁμοίαν ἀποδιδόναι, par pari referre): Thuc. 1.35οὐχ ὁμοία ἀλλοτρίωσις,” the renunciation of such an alliance is more serious.

ἔτεισεν τείσω, ἔτεισα, ἐτείσθην (not τίσω, etc.) were the Attic spellings of the poet's age: see the epigraphic evidence in Meisterhans, Gramm. p. 88.

συντόμως in a way which made short work: cp. Thuc. 7.42ἠπείγετο ἐπιθέσθαι τῇ πείρᾳ καί οἱ ξυντομωτάτην ἡγεῖτο διαπολέμησιν,” the quickest way of deciding the war: Hdt. 5.17ἔστι δὲ σύντομος κάρτα” (sc. ὁδός), there is a short cut. The conject. συντόνωςSoph. Trach. 923συντόνῳ χερί”) would efface the grim irony.

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