σπέρμα, acc. of respect; Od. 15.267 “ἐξ Ἰθάκης γένος εἰμί.” ἀρχαιογ.: Ai. 202 “γενεᾶς χθονίων ἀπ᾽ Ἐρεχθειδῶν.” ἄντασ᾽ Ἐρ., attained unto them, could trace her lineage to them,—her mother Oreithyia being the daughter of Erechtheus. Remark that the acc. “σπέρμα” mitigates the boldness of “ἄντασε”, and also suggests its primary meaning—viz., that the genealogy is carried back to a point at which it meets the Erechtheid line. Cp. Her. 2.143 (Hecataeus) “γενεηλογν́σαντί τε ἑωυτὸν καὶ ἀναδήσαντι τὴν πατριὴν ἐς ἑκκαιδέκατον θεόν”.
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