ὅσων (fem.) “σπαράγματα”, mangled bodies belonging to them, as being the corpses of their citizens. The possessive gen. in this sense is quite justifiable, since “σπαράγματα ῀ σώματα ἐσπαραγμένα”, just as “πτώματα ῀ σώματα πεπτωκότα”. (It would be possible, but harsh, to make ὅσων masc., as=“ἐπεὶ τοσούτων”: cp. O. C. 263 n.) L's καθήγνισαν=‘hallowed’ them, in the sense of, ‘gave burial rites to them’: cp. Eur. Or. 40 “μήτηρ πυρὶ καθήγνισται δέμας” (has had the funeral rite of fire): Suppl. 1211 “ἵν᾽ αὐτῶν σώμαθ᾽ ἡγνίσθη πυρί”. The v.l. καθήγισαν reaches the same meaning (‘buried’) by a different channel. “καθαγίζω” was properly ‘to devote’ or ‘dedicate’: Her. 1.86 “ἀκροθίνια ...καταγιεῖν θεῶν ὅτεῳ δή”. Then, fig., to devote to the gods below by the funeral fire; Anton. 14 “τὸ...σῶμα τοῦ Καίσαρος ἐν ἀγορᾷ καθαγίσαι” (‘solemnly burn’). Either καθήγνισαν or καθήγισαν, then, is admissible. But (apart from L's support) “καθήγνισαν” seems preferable on two grounds: (a) its primary sense lends force to the grim irony: (b) the funereal sense of “καθαγίζω” has only post-classical evidence.—Hesychius (“καθαγίσω”) says that Soph. used “καθαγίζω”, not in the sense of “καθιερόω”, but in that of “μιαίνω”:—a statement perh. founded on a misunderstanding of “καθήγισαν” here. The Schol. read the latter (“μετὰ ἄγους ἐκόμισαν”). But the fact that L has “καθήγνισαν” must be set against these doubtful testimonies.—For the irony, cp. El. 1487 “πρόθες ι ταφεῦσιν, ὧν τόνδ᾽ εἰκός ἐστι τυγχάνειν” (as Gorgias called vultures “ἔμψυχοι τάφοι”, “λονγιν. π. ὕψους” 3 § 2): Aesch. Th. 1020“ὑπ᾽ οἰωνῶν ... ι ταφέντ᾽ ἀτίμως”: Ennius Ann. 142“volturu' crudeli condebat membra sepulcro:” Lucr. 5. 993“viva videns vivo sepeliri viscera busto.”
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