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μή μ᾽ ἀτιμάσῃς, do not reject me (the word used by the suppliant Oed., O. C. 49, 286), τὸ μὴ οὐ (cp. 443 n.), so as to hinder me from dying with thee, and paying due honour to the dead. ἁγνίσαι τὸν θ. is to make him “ἁγνός”, i.e. to give him the rites which religion requires; as, conversely, a corpse which is “ἄμοιρος” and “ἀκτέριστος” is also “ἀνόσιος” (1071). Eur. Suppl. 1211ἵν᾽ αὐτῶν σώμαθ᾽ ἡγνίσθη πυρί”, where their corpses received the rites of fire, i.e. were burned. Cp. 196 n. If Ismene shares in the penalty of the deed, she will share in the merit.

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    • Euripides, Suppliants, 1211
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