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ὅτε in its causal sense,=“ἐπειδή” (O.T. 918 n.).

οὐδὲν ὢν, ‘being naught’ (a simple statement): τοῦ μηδὲνὕπερ, ‘for him who is as naught.’ The only difference between the two expressions is that the phrase with “μηδέν” is, in effect, somewhat more emphatic, and (here) more bitter, since it implies a mental act of comparison, with the result of deciding that this particular person is no more than a nonentity. The angry king scorns Teucer, but his bitterness is against the dead Ajax. The phrase with “οὐδὲν” is, of course, equally applicable to the dead ( El. 244, El. 1129), and that with “μηδὲν” to the living (above, El. 767, cp. 1275). Cp. 1114τοὺς μηδένας” (n.).

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