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ἱκτήριον θησαυρόν, ‘the suppliant's store’; i.e., the efficacy of the supplication is stored up in, resides in, these gifts of hair, which symbolise the appeal of the “ἱκέτης” to the spirit of the dead.—G. Wolff takes the phrase as pathetic,—‘the suppliant's only wealth,’ ‘all that he has to offer,’—as Electra says of the gifts of hair, “σμικρὰ μὲν τάδ̓, ἀλλ᾽ ὅμως ἅχω” ( El. 450). But it is rather the power than the poverty of the offering which is expressed by “θησαυρόν”.


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