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δωρεὰν ἔχων. The form “δωρειά” is quoted by Meisterhans from three Attic inscriptions belonging to the second half of the 5th century B.C.: “δωρεά” appears first in 403 B.C., and does not become the predominant form till the early part of the 3rd century B.C. (Gramm. § 10. 4). The Hesychian by-form “δωριά” is also significant. Curtius, who remarks that “δωρ-εά” is properly a collective (like “μυρμηκ-ιά” etc.), meaning ‘a number of gifts,’ adds: ‘the original form was “δωρειά”, in which the “ε” is of the same kind as that of “ἵππε-ιο-ς, ταύρε-ιο-ς᾿” (Etym. vol. II. p. 244, Eng. ed.). Wecklein may be right in giving “δωρειὰν” here.


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