θίξεται This conjecture of Blaydes seems to me certain. The form occurs Eur. Hipp. 1086 “κλαίων τις αὐτῶν ἆρ᾽ ἐμοῦ γε θίξεται”: Eur. Her. 652 “εἰ δὲ τῶνδε προσθίξει χερί.” Hesych. has θίξεσθαι. L has έξεται with no breathing. Soph. could not conceivably have used such a phrase as ἔχεσθαι τῶν ἀθίκτων, to cling to things which should not even be touched. He himself shows the proper use of ἔχεσθαι in fr. 327 τοῦ γε κερδαίνειν ὅμως ι ἀπρὶξ ἔχονται, ”still they cling tooth and nail to gain “: fr. 26 τὰ μὲν ι δίκαι᾽ ἐπαίνει τοῦ δὲ κερδαίνειν ἔχου. Some explain ἕξεται as ”abstain “: Hom. Od. 4.422 “σχέσθαι τε βίης λῦσαί τε γέροντα”: Hdt. 6.85 “ἔσχοντο τῆς ἀγωγῆς.” To this there are two objections, both insuperable: （1） the disjunctive ἤ, —with which the sense ought to be, ”unless he gain etc. ... or else abstain “: （2） ματᾴζων, which could not be added to ἕξεται as if this were παύσεται.—ματᾴζων, acting with rash folly: Hdt. 2.162 “ἀπεματάϊσε,” behaved in an unseemly manner: Aesch. Ag. 995 “σπλάγχνα δ᾽ οὔτι ματᾴζει,” my heart does not vainly forebode. The reason for writing ματᾴζων, not ματάζων, is that the form ματαΐζω is well attested （Her., Josephus, Hesych., Herodian）: while there is no similar evidence for ματάζω, though the latter form might have existed, being related to a stem ματα （μάτη） as δικαζ-ω to δικα （δίκη）.
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