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πολλὰκοὐδέν. Schol. “ἐν σχήματι εἶπεν, ἀντὶ τοῦ, πολλῶν ὄντων τῶν δεινῶν, οὐδέν ἐστιν ἀνθρώπου δεινότερον”. The “σχῆμα” is the rhetorical parataxis,

καί being equiv. to ‘and yet’: cp. Tr. 1046 πολλὰ δὴ καὶ θερμὰ κοὐ λόγῳ κακά μοχθήσας ἐγώ: κοὔπω τοιοῦτον οὔτ᾽ ἄκοιτις Διὸς προὔθηκεν κ.τ.λ.” It is stronger to say, ‘they are great; and he is greater’: than, ‘though they are great, he is greater.’

τὰ δεινά, not ‘dread,’ nor ‘able,’ but ‘wonderful.’ There is a certain resemblance to Aesch. Ch. 585 ff. “πολλὰ μὲν γᾶ τρέφει δεινὰ δειμάτων ἄχη...ἀλλ᾽ ὑπέρτολμον ἀνδρὸς φρόνημα τίς λέγοι”; but there “δεινά”=‘dread,’ and the scope is limited to the violence of human passion.


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    • Aeschylus, Libation Bearers, 585
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