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Bothe, omitting τε after ψυχήν, takes the latter with τῶν ἄνω, ‘a life belonging to the upper world.’ We could then read either (a) “ἀτίμως...κατοικίσας”, or (b) with Bergk, “ἀτίμως τ᾽...κατοικίσας” or “κατῴκισας”. But I prefer the MS. reading, because (a) τῶν ἄνω as=“τῶν ἄνω τινά” has a certain tone of solemnity and mystery which befits the utterance: (b) τῶν ἄνωψυχήν is somewhat weak: (c) the words ψυχήν τ᾽κατῴκισας, both by rhythm and by diction, naturally form one clause, —paraphrasing and interpreting the darker utterance in v. 1068.—Schütz takes ἀνθ᾽ ὧν as=“ἀντὶ τούτων οὕς”, and “τῶν ἄνω” as by attraction for “τοὺς ἄνω”: i.e., ‘on account of those persons whom, being alive, thou hast entombed.’ Kern, too, so takes “ἀνθ᾽ ὧν”, but makes “τῶν ἄνω” partitive (‘on account of those among the living whom’); and so, I think, it must be on any view. But the parallelism of “ἔχεις μέν...ἔχεις δέ” plainly requires that “ἀνθ᾽ ὧν” should apply in the same sense to both clauses. Schütz, however, has to supply it with “ἔχεις δέ” in the changed sense of “ἀντὶ τούτων” (neut.) “ὅτι”.—For “οἱ ἄνω οἱ ἐν φάει”, cp. 890: Ph. 1348 στυγνὸς αἰών, τί μ᾽ ἔτι δῆτ᾽ ἔχεις ἄνω βλέποντα, κοὐκ ἀφῆκας εἰς Ἅιδου μολεῖν”;—Some take τῶν ἄνω as=“τῶν ἄνω θεῶν”: ‘one belonging to the gods above.’ This is too forced.

ἀτίμως, ruthlessly: cp. O. C. 428, El. 1181.

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