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ἔχεις δέ = κατέχεις δέ. Since in “ἔχεις μέν...ἔχεις δέ” the rhetorical effect depends simply on the repetition (“ἐπαναφορά”), the change of sense is immaterial. —τῶν κάτωθεν θεῶν, possess. gen. with νέκυν, a corpse belonging to them. For “κάτωθεν κάτω”, 521 n.

ἄμοιρον, without its due “μοῖρα” of burial rites: Ai. 13-7 “νεκρὸν ταφῆς ἄμοιρον”. Others take “τῶν

κ. θεῶν” with “ἄμοιρον”: ‘without a portion in the gods below,’ i.e., not admitted to communion with them. But the phrase is a strange one; and the leading thought here is that the “νέρτεροι” are robbed of one who belongs to them.

ἀκτέριστον (1207), without offerings at the grave, “κτερίσματα” (O. C. 1410): cp. 204.

ἀνόσιον, ‘unhallowed,’ sums up the state of the dead who has received no rites: cp. 545 n. Cp. Shaksp. Haml. 1. 5. 77‘Unhousel'd, disappointed, unanel'd’” [without sacrament—unprepared for death—without extreme unction].


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