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. 564 “τὸν πρὶν ὄλβον ι ἕρματι προσβαλὼν … ὤλετ̓”. We cannot properly call this “"an inverted expression"” for “μή μοι ἀνάγκην προσβάλῃς”, which would suggest a wholly different image: cp. Tr. 255 “ὅρκον αὑτῷ προσβαλών”: ib. 41 “ἐμοὶ πικρὰς ι ὠδῖνας … προσβαλών.” εἰκαθεῖν: cp. 862, 1015.
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