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ἐξαπείδομεν. This compound occurs only here, but is not intrinsically more questionable than the Homeric “ἐξαποβαίνω, ἐξαποδύνω”, etc. While “ἐξορᾶν”=“"to see at a distance"” (used in pass. by Eur. Her. 675 etc.), “ἀφορᾶνalone usu. =merely “"to regard"”: hence the double compound is really less pleonastic than those just mentioned. So “ἐκπροτιμᾶν” occurs only in Ant. 913.

τὸν ἄνδρα τὸν μὲν: “"we saw Oedipus,—him, I say,— no longer present anywhere, but Theseus, etc."” The “τὸν μὲν” comes in, by an afterthought, to prepare the distinction: cp.

εἰ ποθεν ἐλθὼν
μνηστήρων τῶν μὲν σκέδασιν κατὰ δώματα θείη,
τιμὴν δ᾽ αὐτὸς ἔχοι

: “"make a scattering of the wooers,—those men there,—in the house, but himself have honour,"” etc.

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    • Euripides, Heracles, 675
    • Homer, Odyssey, 1.115
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 913
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