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κἂν σῶμα γεννήσῃ μέγα: cp. the phrases “φῦσαι φρένας” ( O. C. 804), “πτερά” ( Ar. Av. 785), etc.: Her. 5. 91τὸν βασιλέα ἡμέων..ἐξέβαλε, δόξαν δὲ φύσας αὐξάνεται”. The words allude to the stature of the “πελώριος Αἴας” ( Il. 3. 229), but are meant also to be figurative; cp. Shakesp. Julius Caesar 1. 2. 135Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world | Like a colossus, and we petty men | Walk under his huge legs.

κἂν ἀπὸ σμ. κακοῦ,=“καὶ ἐὰν” (“πέσῃ”): cp. El. 1482ἀλλά μοι πάρες κἂν σμικρὸν εἰπεῖν”, i.e., “καὶ ἐὰν σμικρὸν παρῇς”: Dem. or. 2 § 14καὶ ὅποι τις ἄν, οἶμαι, προσθῇ κἂν μικρὰν δύναμιν, πάντ᾽ ὠφελεῖ”, i.e., “καὶ ἐάν τις προσθῇ”. We cannot here well take κἂν as=“καὶ ἅν” (the conditional particle), and suppose that it belongs to “πεσεῖν” understood. (See appendix on El. 1482.)—For ἀπὸ denoting result, cp. Ant. 695ἀπ᾽ ἔργων εὐκλεεστάτων φθίνει”.

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