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τοιοίδε..φῶτεςβροτῶν: ‘such men, however, are the unstable of mankind’;—such, namely, as relent like Odysseus. βροτῶν, L's reading, is strongly confirmed by the exactly similar pleonasm in O. C. 280 f., “φυγὴν δέ του μήπω γενέσθαι φωτὸς ἀνοσίου βροτῶν”. Cp. also Od. 17. 587οὐ γάρ πώ τινες ὧδε καταθνητῶν ἀνθρώπων ἀνέρες κ.τ.λ.”: 23. 187 “ἀνδρῶν δ᾽ οὔ κέν τις ζωὸς βροτός”. The v.l. βροτοῖς would be an ethic dat., ‘in men's judgment’ (cp. 1363). It has more point than its rival: but this seems a case in which a tenable reading, with the stronger evidence on its side, should be preferred to a more attractive variant.

ἔμπληκτοι (from “ἐμπλήσσω”, to ‘rush’ or ‘dash’ in), ‘impulsive,’ with the notion of ‘inconstant’: Eur. Tro. 1205(“αἱ τύχαι”) “ἔμπληκτος ὡς ἄνθρωπος, ἄλλοτ᾽ ἄλλοσε πηδῶσι”. Lys. 214 Cμηδέποτε ὁμοίους μηδ᾽ αὐτοὺς αὑτοῖς εἶναι, ἀλλ᾽ ἐμπλήκτους τε καὶ ἀσταθμήτους”. Eumenes 3 “ἔμπληκτον ὄντα καὶ φορᾶς μεστὸν ἀβεβαίου καὶ ὀξείας”.

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    • Euripides, Trojan Women, 1205
    • Homer, Odyssey, 17.587
    • Plato, Lysis, 214c
    • Sophocles, Ajax, 1363
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 280
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