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ἀνδρὸς οὐκέτ᾽ ὄντος, genitive absolute. The genitive could not depend on ὑβρίζεις, in the sense of ‘uttering insults about him’ (like “ποίου κέκραγας ἀνδρὸς” in 1236). The constr. with gen. absolute (‘when he is dead’) is also more forcible. Reiske's conjecture (“ἄνδρας..ὄντας..σκιάς”) is ingenious; but here the plural is evidently less fitting than in a general allusion like “ἐν θανοῦσιν ὑβριστής” (1092).

σκιᾶς: cp. El. 1158ἀντὶ φιλτάτης μορφῆς σποδόν τε καὶ σκιὰν ἀνωφελῆ”.

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