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κἀπαναίρονται. The words “καὶ ἐπαναίρονται δόρυ” do not form a second relative clause,—as if, from the ἧς before ἔχονται, we had to supply the relat. pron. in a different case (“ἐφ᾽ ”, or “εἰς ἥν”) with “ἐπαναίρονται”. They form an independent sentence, which is co-ordinated with the relative clause, “ἧς ἔχονται”. This is the normal Greek construction. See note in Appendix. Cp. 467, 731.

ἐπαναιροῦνται δόρυ, the MS. reading, would mean, "are taking a spear upon them," the verb being used figuratively (like in se suscipere) of obligations or responsibilities (“φιλίαν, πόλεμον, τέχνην, λατρείαν” etc.); but “ἐπαναίρεσθαι”, in its literal sense of "uplifting against," is more natural and more poetical with δόρυ: cp. Eur. Her. 313καὶ μήποτ᾽ ἐς γῆν ἐχθρὸν αἴρεσθαι δόρυ”.

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    • Euripides, Heracles, 313
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