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πρὶν ἂνφοινιχθεὶς θάνῃ. After “θανεῖν γὰρ αὐτὸν οὔ τί πω θέλω” (106), we should have had “πρὶν ἂν φοινιχθῇ”. But the emphasis on “μάστιγι πρῶτον νῶτα φοινιχθεὶς” serves to excuse the presence of “θάνῃ”,—added, for the sake of greater clearness, after the long interval. So in Tr. 1130Hyllus says of Deianeira, “τέθνηκεν”, and then in 1133 Heracles, “οἴμοι: πρὶν ὡς χρῆν σφ᾽ ἐξ ἐμῆς θανεῖν χερός;” where the stress on “τῆς ἐμῆς” similarly palliates the illogical form of the sentence.

φοινιχθεὶς: Eur. Hec. 153φοινισσομένην αἵματι”. Ar. Ach. 320καταξαίνειν τὸν ἄνδρα τοῦτον εἰς φοινικίδα”.

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    • Euripides, Hecuba, 153
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