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μόνον and μόνου are alike admissible; “μόνον” means, ‘the only thing that he will not achieve is to escape death’; “μόνον”, ‘the only thing that he will not escape is death.’ In this general view of human achievement, “μόνον” seems a little the better. φεῦξινἐπάξεται, procure means of escape from death. “ἐπάγεσθαι”, prop. ‘to bring into one's own country’; usu. said of calling in allies to help one; or of importing foreign products: Thuc. 4.64ξυμμάχους δὲ οὐδέποτε ...ἐπαξόμεθα”: id. 1. 81 “ἐκ θαλάσσης ὧν δέονται ἐπάξονται”. Then often fig., of calling in anything to one's aid: Plat. Legg. 823Aτὸ δὲ δὴ παρὸν ἡμῖν τὰ νῦν οἷον μάρτυρα ἐπαγόμεθα: δηλοῖ μὲν ἂν βουλόμεθα”: ‘we call to our help, as a witness, the example which is actually present with us; it will show what we mean.’ Gorg. 492B “αὐτοὶ ἑαυτοῖς δεσπότην ἐπαγάγοιντο τὸν τῶν πολλῶν ἀνθρώπων νόμον τε καὶ λόγον καὶ ψόγον” (‘call in to rule them’). Menander “Ὑδρία” fr. 2 “γέροντα δυστυχοῦντα, τῶν θ᾽ αὑτοῦ κακῶν ἐπαγόμενον λήθην, ἀνέμνησας πάλιν” (‘seeking to procure forgetfulness of his troubles’). The word is admirably suitable and vivid here: man looks to every side for succour against the foe that is ever in the land,—Death; but from no quarter can he find help. It is surprising that so many recent critics should have confidently condemned “ἐπάξεται”, and sought to replace it by conjectures (see cr. n.).

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