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θραυσθέντα καὶ ῥαγέντα, ‘broken and shivered.’ “ῥαγέντα” is here the stronger word, in so far as it pictures the fragments of the ruptured iron flying asunder, while “θραυσθέντα” merely says that the iron is broken into pieces. As Heinrich Schmidt observes, the foremost idea in “ῥηγνύναι” is that of the separation of the parts,—the rent or rift being brought before us; in “θραύειν”, that of a whole being broken into small pieces (Synonymik der Gr. Sprache, vol. 111. pp. 304 ff.).

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