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κατάμεμπτον, “"disparaged,"” because often spoken of as dreary (cp. “ὀλοῷ ἐπὶ γήραος οὐδῷ, γήραϊ λυγρῷ”, etc.). Shaksp. As You Like It 2. 3. 41"When service should in my old limbs lie lame, And unregarded age, in corners thrown."

ἐπιλέλογχε, “"next (“ἐπι-"”) falls to his lot.” Cp. Pind. O. 1. 53ἀκέρδεια λέλογχεν θαμινὰ κακαγόρος” (Dor. acc. pl.), “"sore loss hath oft come on evil-speakers,"” a gnomic perf., as here. Here, too, we might understand “τὸν ἄνθρωπον”: but the verb seems rather to be intrans., as oft. “λαγχάνω”: Eur. Hel. 213αἰὼν δυσαίων τις ἔλαχεν, ἔλαχεν”: Od. 9.159ἐς δὲ ἑκάστην ἐννέα λάγχανον αἶγες”, “"fell to the portion of each ship"”: Plat. Legg. 745Dκαθιερῶσαι τὸ λαχὸν μέρος ἑκάστῳ τῷ θεῷ”. The ellipse of the object here is made easier by the notion which the verb conveys, “"'tis the turn of old age next."”—Not: “"he obtains old age next."

ἀκρατές, “"weak"”: Eustath. 790. 92 “ἀκρατὲς ἐκεῖνός φησιν, οὐ τὸ ἀκόλαστον, ἀλλα τὸ ποιοῦν πάρεσιν, ὡς μὴ ἔχοντα τὸν γέροντα κρατεῖν ἑαυτοῦ”. So Hesych. s.v., quoting Eur. in the lost Aeolus. Cp. Ph. 486καίπερ ὢν ἀκράτωρ τλήμων, χωλός”. Perhaps an Ionic use of “ἀκρατής”, for Hippocr. has it in this sense (Aph. 1247): in Attic prose it always means “"without control"” over passion or desire (impotens). For ἄφιλον placed after “γῆρας”, cp. Ph. 392 n.

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    • Euripides, Helen, 213
    • Homer, Odyssey, 9.159
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    • Plato, Laws, 745d
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 486
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 392
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 2.3
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