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ἀκούων, after the same word in 551, is awkward. The γάρ in 555 might also suggest that the partic. here referred to the evidence of his own eyes, not to further hearsay by the way. “λεύσσων” is intrinsically the best substitute that has been proposed: but it has no palaeographic probability. I had thought of “ἱκάνων” (cp. 576). Doubtless it is possible that “ἀκούων” was not a corruption of a similar form, but merely an inadvertent repetition from 551.

For “ἀκούων” it may be pleaded that the sense is at least quite intelligible, and that ancient writers, even the most artistic, were less careful than moderns in avoiding such repetitions of single words. Cp. 631 “ἐκβάλοι”, 636 “ἐκβαλῶ”: 638, 640 “ἡδύ”: 966, 969 “ἐπεί”: 1000, 1003 “καλόν”, 1004 “καλῶς”: 1123, 1129: 1451, 1459: 1487 f.: O. T. 517φέρον”, 519 “φέροντι”, 520 “φέρει”: ib. 1276, 1278 “ὁμοῦ”: Ant. 73, 76 “κείσομαι”: Ai. 1201, 1204 (“τέρψιν”).

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