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εἶκε τῷ θανόντι, ‘make a concession to the dead,’ i.e., give him the burial rites which are his due. It is not as if he were a living foe, and prowess (“ἀλκή”) could be shown by resisting his claim. The words “τῷ θανόντι” have been groundlessly suspected (see cr. n.).

κέντει, stab. Cp. the scene in the Iliad where the Greeks prick Hector's corpse with their swords; Il. 22.371οὐδ᾽ ἄρα οἵ τις ἀνουτητί γε παρέστη”: and ib. 24. 421. For “κεντεῖν” of cowardly or treacherous wounding, cp. Ai. 1244ἡμᾶς κακοῖς βαλεῖτέ που σὺν δόλῳ κεντήσεθ᾽ οἱ λελειμμένοι.


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