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ἐρῶ μὲν οὐχ: cp. on 96.

ὅπως = ὅτι, as O. T. 548: cp. El. 963μηκέτ᾽ ἐλπίσῃς ὅπως τεύξει”. This use is rare in Attic prose (for after “θαυμάζω”, etc., “ὅπως” =‘how’), though freq. in Her., as 2. 49οὐδὲ φήσω ὅκως...ἔλαβον”. Yet cp. Plat. Euthyd. 296 Eοὐκ ἔχω ὑμῖν πῶς ἀμφισβητοίην...ὅπως οὐ πάντα ἐγὼ ἐπίσταμαι.

τάχους ὕπο is the reading of the MSS. Aristotle quotes this verse as an example of a “προοίμιον” used by the speaker to avert a danger from himself, and gives it thus:—“ἄναξ, ἐρῶ μὲν οὐχ ὅπως σπουδῆς ὔπο” ( Rhet. 3. 14§ 10). Hence some edd. adopt “σπουδῆς”, as coming from a source older than our MSS. But, since τάχους is free from objection, such a change is unwarrantable. Aristotle's quotations seem to have been usually made from memory, and his memory was not infallible. To take only three examples cited by Bellermann, we find: (1) El. 256ἀλλ᾽ βία γὰρ ταῦτ᾽ ἀναγκάζει με δρᾶν”, quoted Metaphys. 4. 5 “ἀλλ᾽ βία με ταῦτ᾽ ἀναγκάζει ποιεῖν”: (2) O. T. 774ἐμοὶ πατὴρ μὲν Πόλυβος ἦν”, quoted Rhet. 3. 14§ 6 “ἐμοὶ πατὴρ ἦν Πόλυβος”: (3) Ant. 911μητρὸς δ᾽ ἐν Ἅιδου καὶ πατρὸς κεκευθότοιν”, quoted Rhet. 3. 16§ 9 with “βεβηκότων” as last word. So Il. 9.592κήδε᾽ ὅσ᾽ ἀνθρώποισι πέλει τῶν ἄστυ ἁλῴη: ἄνδρας μὲν κτείνουσι”, is quoted Rhet. 1. 7§ 31 with “ὅσσα κάκ᾽” substituted for the first two words, and “λαοὶ μὲν φθινύθουσι” for the last three.

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