ἀκαμάταν: this form of the fem. occurs only here, unless “ἀκαμάτῃσι” (and not “ἀκαμάτοισι”) “χέρεσσιν” be right in Hes. Th. 747, but is warranted by similar epic forms in tragedy, as “ἀθανάτας” (gen.) Aesch. Ch. 619, Eur. Phoen. 235: “ἀδμήταν” El. 1238 (and -“ης” in dial. O. C. 1321). For the initial “α_”, cp. the epic “ἀθάνατος, ἀγοράασθε”, etc. (and see Introd. to Homer, Appendix, note 5, p. 195): but in El. 164 we find '“α^κάματα.” ἀποτρύεται, prop., wears away for his own purposes (midd.), —fatigat, vexes (with constant ploughing). Earth is ‘immortal,’ and not to be exhausted; but man's patient toil subdues it to his use. Cp. Tr. 124 “ἀποτρύειν ἐλπίδα”, to wear it out.—Not, ‘wearies himself by tilling’ the soil.
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