ψηφοποιὸς, ‘making votes,’ in the sense of procuring them by a secret canvas among the chiefs. The word “ἔπραξαν” used by Ajax in 446 implies some such intrigue. Cp. Pindar's phrase, “κρυφίαισι...ψάφοις”, in N. 8. 26 (quoted on 447 ff.). Sophocles doubtless conceived the chiefs as voting by “ψῆφοι” placed in urns (cp. Aesch. Eum. 709), and this view appears in art (Introd. § 20). Eustathius remarks the anachronism (on Il. 2. 852): though, of course, neither “ἐψήφισαν” in 449 nor “ψηφοποιός” here necessarily excludes the supposition that the votes were given, in Homeric fashion, by voice.—For other views of “ψηφοποιός”, see Appendix. The gen. αὐτοῦ depends on the phrase “κλέπτης ψηφοποιός”, as it might depend on “λωβητής” or the like.
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