ἱκέτης: an anapaest in the first foot, as in verse 1302. This licence occurs in every play except the Antigone: it is most frequent in the Philoctetes (Introd. Ph., p. xliv). While the child knelt as a suppliant by the body, with his hand upon it, the corpse could not be forcibly removed without offence to Zeus “Ἱκέσιος”. Teucer is about to go and seek a place for the grave (1184), and he desires to secure that the body shall not be disturbed during his absence. ὅς σ᾽ ἐγείνατο: cp. 1296: El. 261“μητρὸς ἥ μ᾽ ἐγείνατο”.
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