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ζητοῦντες seems to be rightly explained in the Triclinian scholium by “ἐξετάζοντες”, ‘on trial’: but the use of the word is peculiar: its ordinary sense, when joined with “εὑρίσκω”, may be seen in Ar. Ran. 96γόνιμον δὲ ποιητὴν ἂν οὐχ εὕροις ἔτι ζητῶν ἄν” (if you searched for one). Here, it could doubtless mean, ‘on inquiry’ (into the slaughter of the cattle); but this sense is too narrow for the context.

Φρυγῶν=Τρώων. In the Iliad, the Trojans and Phrygians are distinct, though allied, peoples: thus Priam helps the Phrygians against the Amazons ( Il. 3. 184—189). Post-homeric Greek poets came to use “Φρύγες” as a synonym for “Τρῶες”, because, when Aeolian colonies were first founded in western Mysia, the country was subject to the Phrygians (cp. Kiepert, Anc. Geo. 66). Eur. Hec. 4Φρυγῶν πόλιν”=“Τροίαν”: Eur. Or. 1480Ἕκτωρ Φρύγιος”.

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    • Aristophanes, Frogs, 96
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    • Homer, Iliad, 3.184
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