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μή μ᾽ ἀνάγκῃ προσβάλῃς, “"do not force me to the necessity"” of yielding,—the “ἀνάγκη” being, as it were, a rock on which his course is driven: cp. Aesch. Eum. 564τὸν πρὶν ὄλβον ἕρματι προσβαλὼνὤλετ̓”. We cannot properly call this “"an inverted expression"” for “μή μοι ἀνάγκην προσβάλῃς”, which would suggest a wholly different image: cp. Tr. 255ὅρκον αὑτῷ προσβαλών”: ib. 41ἐμοὶ πικρὰς ὠδῖναςπροσβαλών.

εἰκαθεῖν: cp. 862, 1015.

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