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[891] θίξεται This conjecture of Blaydes seems to me certain. The form occurs Eur. Hipp. 1086κλαίων τις αὐτῶν ἆρ᾽ ἐμοῦ γε θίξεται”: Eur. Her. 652εἰ 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 ἀπρὶξ ἔχονται, ”still they cling tooth and nail to gain “: fr. 26 τὰ μὲν δίκαι᾽ ἐπαίνει τοῦ δὲ κερδαίνειν ἔχου. Some explain ἕξεται as ”abstain “: Hom. Od. 4.422σχέσθαι τε βίης λῦσαί τε γέροντα”: Hdt. 6.85ἔσχοντο τῆς ἀγωγῆς.” To this there are two objections, both insuperable: (1) the disjunctive , —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. 2.162ἀπεματάϊσε,” behaved in an unseemly manner: Aesch. Ag. 995σπλάγχνα 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 ματαμάτη as δικαζ-ω to δικαδίκη).

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