ἐξ ὅτου: cp. 12 n. λευκὴν … ἐκ μελαίνης. The words could mean either: (1) ‘since this hair which clothes my head, once dark, has been white’: or (2) ‘since this hair,—once dark, now white,—has clothed my head,’ i.e., from infancy. The first is the sense intended here. There is a certain looseness of expression, since the thought is, ‘though I am old, I can recall no such case’; whereas the period actually described might be a comparatively short one. So we can say, ‘he has grown grey in the service of his country,’ meaning, ‘he has served it all his life.’ ἀμφιβάλλομαι: cp. Rhianus (the elegiac poet of Crete, c. 225 B.C.) Anthol. P. 12. 93 “χαίρετε, καλοὶ παῖδες, ἐς ἀκμαίην δὲ μόλοιτε ι ἥβην, καὶ λευκὴν ἀμφιέσαισθε κόμην”. For the 1st pers. sing. following “ἐπιστάμεσθα”, see 734 n.
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