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νέος νέῳ ξυν μόρῳ, ‘young, and by an untimely death,’ is a pleonasm, but a natural one. The Schol. explains νέῳ by “καινοπρεπεῖ” (‘a death of a strange kind’). This sense is possible (cp. Aesch. Suppl. 712ἀπροσδοκήτους τούσδε καὶ νέους λόγους”), but is far less fitting here. “νέῳ ξὺν μόρῳ”, suggesting the thought that his years had been few, recalls Andromache's lament,—“ἆνερ, ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος νέος ὤλεο” (Il. 24.725).

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    • Aeschylus, Suppliant Maidens, 712
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