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ἐξ ὅτου: cp. 12 n.

λευκὴνἐκ 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 ἥβην, καὶ λευκὴν ἀμφιέσαισθε κόμην”. For the 1st pers. sing. following “ἐπιστάμεσθα”, see 734 n.


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