πατρῷόν τινα … ἆθλον, ‘some ordeal inherited from thy sire’ (v. 2); τινά softens a statement into a conjecture; it is perhaps the work of the fate which he bequeathed. This is better than to take “τινά” closely with “πατρῷον” as=‘of the paternal kind.’ ἐκτίνεις, art paying (to the fates which exact it), like “ἐκτίνω δίκην, τίσιν, ἄποινα”.
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