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ἐᾶν δ': see on 29. Construe, ἄθαπτον, αἰκισθέντ᾽ ἰδεῖν, mangled for all to see, δέμας καὶ πρὸς οἰωνῶν καὶ πρὸς κυνῶν ἐδεστόν, in the body (acc. of respect) which birds and dogs devour. L favours αἰκισθέντ': but this is a point on which our MSS. have little weight. Reading αἰκισθέντ', it would be also possible to take ἐδεστόν as masc., with a slight pause after it; but this seems less good. With αἰκισθέν τ᾽, δέμας is accus. in appos.: leave him unburied, a body eaten (etc.), and mangled. Some recent edd. prefer this.

δέμας of a corpse, as 903, El. 756, Eur. Or. 40 etc.: in Hom. always of the living, who has “σῶμα” only of the dead: in Attic “σῶμα” is said of either.

ἰδεῖν: the aor. inf., as in the epic “θαῦμα ἰδέσθαι”, since the aor. suggests the moment at which the startling sight catches the eye, whereas the pres. inf. would suggest continued gazing.

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