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ῥοπὴ βίου μοι, the turn of the scale (momentum) for my life,—the moment which is to bring it down to death. Cp. O. T. 961σμικρὰ παλαιὰ σώματ᾽ εὐνάζει ῥοπή” (where see n.):

Ἱππόλυτος οὐκέτ᾽ ἔστιν, ὡς εἰπεῖν ἔπος:
δέδορκε μέντοι φῶς ἐπὶ σμικρᾶς ῥοπῆς

, “"but his life still hangs in the trembling scale."

καὶ θέλω θανεῖν μὴ ψεύσας σε πόλιν τε τήνδε (“τούτων”)

ἅπερ ξυνῄνεσα, “"and I wish to die without having defrauded thee and this city of the things on which I agreed."” For the constr. of ψεύσας cp. on 1145, and for the chief stress on the partic., 1038: for ξυνῄν., Xen. Cyr. 4.2.47ταῦτα συνῄνουν”, they agreed to these terms.

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    • Euripides, Hippolytus, 1162
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 961
    • Xenophon, Cyropaedia, 4.2.47
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