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[996] τὸ πατρῷον αἷμα ἑλεῖν is strictly ”to achieve (the shedding of) my father's blood. “ Classical Greek had no such phrase as αἶμα χεῖν or ἐκχεῖν in the sense of “to slay.” αἱρεῖν is to make a prey of, meaning “to slay,” or “to take,” according to the context ( Soph. Trach. 353Εὔρυτόν θ᾽ ἕλοι τὴν θ᾽ ὑψίπυργον Οἰχαλίαν).” Cp. fr. 726 ἀνδρὸς αἶμα συγγενὲς κτείνας, which is even bolder than this, but similar, since here we might have had simply τὸν πατέρα ἑλεῖν, ”to slay my father “: Eur. Orest. 284εἴργασται δ᾽ ἐμοὶ μητρῷον αἶμα,” I have wrought the murder of a mother.

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