ἀμέριμνος, ‘uncared for’: the pass. sense occurs only here, but may be illustrated by the use of “ἀκηδής”, which can be either passive or active; and by the passive sense of “ἀμελής” in H. 6. 5. 41, where it means, ‘neglected.’ Those who make “ἀμέριμνος” active here explain it as=‘without occupation,’ ‘without any interest in life’; but this is clearly untenable. οὕτως strengthens the adj. (‘thus utterly uncared for’); cp. Aesch. Theb. 1056“γένος ὠλέσατε πρέμνοθεν οὕτως”. This is better than to take it as=‘simply,’ as in Plat. Gorg. 506D “οὕτως εἰκῇ” [v.l. “οὐ τῷ εἰκῇ”], like iacentes sic temere in C. 2. 11. 14.
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