τούς γ᾽ αὐτὸς αὑτοῦ: the inserted “αὐτὸς” emphasises the reflexive pron.; O. C. 929“αἰσχύνεις πόλιν ι τὴν αὐτὸς αὑτοῦ” (n.).—For αὐτοῦ=“ἐμαυτοῦ”, see O. T. 138(n.), O. C. 966, El. 285.— οὐ γὰρ καλόν: sc. “ἐᾶν θάπτειν αὐτούς”. Ajax was “πολέμιος”, a public enemy, ‘worse than any Trojan’ (1054), in view of his intended onslaught. Menelaüs, like Creon ( Ant. 284 ff.), conceives that refusal of burial to a “πολέμιος” is warranted on religious grounds.
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