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ἐμπαίζει, ‘wreaks her will’ in that contest which νικᾷ implies. We find “ἐμπαίζω” with a dat. (1) of the object, as Her. 4.134ἐμπαίζοντας ἡμῖν”, ‘mocking us’: (2) of the sphere, as Ar. Th. 975χοροῖσιν ἐμπαίζει”, ‘sports in dances.’ The “ἐν” of “ἐμπαίζει” here might also be explained as (a) in the “ἴμερος”, or the “βλέφαρα”, i.e. by their agency: or (b) ‘on her victim.’ But the interpretation first given appears simpler. (Cp. Vergil's absol. use of illudere, G. 1. 181,Tum variae illudant pestes.”)

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    • Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae, 975
    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.134
    • Vergil, Georgics, 1.181
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