δύσοργος, naturally prone to anger: ἐν γήρᾳ βαρύς, choleric, irritable, in his old age. For this sense of “βαρύς”, see on O. T. 673.—Ajax himself felt that, if he went home disgraced, he could not confront his father (462). πρὸς οὐδὲν, ‘at nothing,’—without cause: cp. 40 “πρὸς τί;” 971 “πρὸς ταῦτα.” εἰς ἔριν θυμούμενος, lit. ‘growing wroth unto quarrelling,’ i.e., so as to provoke a quarrel. 1019 Join ἀπωστὸς with γῆς: cp. O. T. 641“γῆς ἀπῶσαι πατρίδος”, ib. 670 “γῆς..ἀπωσθῆναι.” ἀπορριφθήσομαι, ‘cast off’ by his father: cp. O. C. 1383“σὺ δ᾽ ἔρρ᾽ ἀπόπτυστός τε κἀπάτωρ ἐμοῦ”. The fulness of phrase is like that in 830 “ῥιφθῶ ..πρόβλητος”. In the Teucer of Pacuvius, fr. 19 (ed. Ribbeck), Telamon says to Teucer, Te repudio nec recipio: naturam abdico: facesse, i. Pacuvius probably used the lost “Τεῦκρος” of Sophocles, which dealt with the hero's expulsion from Salamis by Telamon. The reference to the subject here may be compared with that in the O. C.(1410) to the theme of the Antigone, and with the allusion in the Philoctetes (1437) to the theme of the poet's lost play, ‘Philoctetes at Troy.’
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