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στάζων ἱδρῶτι. Some think that “ἱδρῶτι” refers to “κάρα” only, and that “στάζων χέρας ξιφοκτόνους” is equivalent to “στάζων αἵματι χέρας”: cp. El. 1422φοινία δὲ χεὶρ στάζει θυηλῆς Ἄρεος”: Aesch. Eum. 41αἵματι στάζοντα χεῖρας”. Certainly “ξιφοκτόνους” suggests the blood upon his hands. But the integral phrase, “στάζων ἱδρῶτι”, must surely go with “χέρας” no less than with “κάρα”. The hands are bathed in sweat and in blood.

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