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ποῖ βάντος. “ποῦ βάντος” has the better MS. authority; in a question, however, between “ι” and “υ”, little weight can be claimed for our MSS. If “βάντος” meant, ‘having taken his stand,’ then “ποῦ βάντος” would be as correct as “ποῦ βεβηκότος”. But when, as here, “βάντος” is opposed to “στάντος”, it is very improbable that a writer of the classical age would have used “ποῦ” rather than “ποῖ”. Cp. Ph. 833ποῦ στάσει”, | “ποῖ δέ μοι...βάσει”. It cannot be argued from such an example as Eur. Hec. 1057, “πᾷ βῶ, πᾷ στῶ”, that there was a tendency to repeat the same word, since “πᾷ” (unlike “ποῦ” or “ποῖ”) suits both verbs alike.

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