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αἰσχρόν, shocking the moral sense: ἄτιμον, attended by outward marks of dishonour,—as Oedipus imagines his daughters exposed to slights at the public festivals (O. T. 1489 ff.). Thus “αἰσχρόν” in a manner balances the subjective “ἀλγεινόν”, as the external “ἀτιμία” corresponds with the “ἄτη”. Cp. O. T. 1283 ff.

ὁποῖον οὐοὐκ ὄπωπα. The repetition of the negative is warranted by the emphasis: cp. Ph. 416οὐχ Τυδέως γόνος, οὐδ᾽ οὑμπολητὸς Σισύφου Λαερτίῳ, οὐ μὴ θάνωσι”: Tr. 1014οὐ πῦρ, οὐκ ἔγχος τις ὀνήσιμον οὐκ ἐπιτρέψει”; Aesch. Ag. 1634ὃς οὐκ, ἐπειδὴ τῷδ᾽ ἐβούλευσας μόρον, δρᾶσαι τόδ᾽ ἔργον οὐκ ἔτλης αὐτοκτόνως”: and so oft. after “οὐ μά”, as El. 626. We need not, then, change “οὐ” (in v. 5) to “ὂν”, with Blaydes, nor “οὐκ ὄπωπ᾽” to “εἰσόπωπ᾽” with Todt.

τῶνκακῶν, sc.ὄν”, possessive (or ‘partitive’) gen. with ὄπωπα,—‘which I have not seen as belonging to, being in the number of,’ our woes. For the omission of “ὄν” cp. O. C. 694ἔστιν δ᾽ οἷον ἐγὼ γᾶς Ἀσίας οὐκ ἐπακούω”.

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