οὐκ ὄγκου πλέων, on a subject of no great pretensions,—i.e. not so important as to demand any great exertion from the old man. Cp. Eur. Phoen. 717 “ἔχει τιν᾽ ὄγκον τἄργος Ἑλλήνων πάρα”. This seems better than to take ὄγκου here as=“"effort,"” a sense which it bears (in a different context) below, 1341 “βραχεῖ σὺν ὄγκῳ” (non magna mole). If we rendered, “"of no great compass"” (i.e. length), οὐκ ὄγκου πλέων would merely repeat βραχύν.
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