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ἀλλ᾽ εὺ̂ γέ τοι: 473 n.

μητελῶν, that thou art not to accomplish, i.e., live through: “μή” is due to the imperat. “κάτισθι” (O. C. 78 n.). The easy correction, ἥλιον τελεῖν, has been received by some recent edd. (κάτισθι then has the constr. with inf., as 473 “ἴσθι ...πίπτειν”). It may be right. But τελῶν, if not a usual phrase, is a natural one; and it is more impressive here to say, ‘thou shalt not live through many days,’ than, ‘the sun shall not fulfil many days.’

τρόχους = δρόμους, ‘courses.’ The MS. τροχους=‘runners,’ i.e., “κύκλους”, wheels. The authority for this Attic distinction goes back at least to the Augustan age: see Chandler § 332 n. 1 (2nd ed.), who cites Ammonius p. 137 “τροχοὶ ὀξυτόνως καὶ τρόχοι βαρυτόνως διαφέρουσι παρὰ τοῖς Ἀττικοῖς. φησὶ Τρύφων” (in the Augustan age) “ἐν δευτέρᾳ περὶ Ἀττικῆς προσῳδίας. τοὺς μὲν γὰρ περιφερεῖς τροχοὺς ὁμοίως ἡμῖν προφέρονται ὀξυτονοῦντες: τρόχους δὲ βαρυτόνως λέγουσι τοὺς δρόμους”. This passage helps to explain why our MSS. all give “τροχούς” here. When Ammonius wrote (towards the end of the 4th cent. A.D. ) “τρόχος”, ‘course,’ was known only as an Atticism, while “τροχός”, ‘wheel,’ was a common word.

ἁμιλλητῆρας, racing, rapid: Eur. Or. 456γέροντι δεῦρ᾽ ἁμιλλᾶται ποδί”. Xen. Anab. 3.4.44ὥρμησαν ἁμιλλᾶσθαι ἐπὶ τὸ ἄκρον”.—The Schol. explains, “τοὺς ἀλλήλους διαδεχομένους”, ‘successive’; perh. taking the word to mean, ‘competitors,’ i.e., ‘vying in swiftness.’ But that does not warrant his version.

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    • Euripides, Orestes, 456
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