ἀλλ᾽ οἱ μὲν “κ.τ.λ.” The threefold command (“οἱ μὲν—τοὶ δ̓—μία δ̓..ἀνδρῶν ἴλη”) may have been the signal for some corresponding movement on the part of the Chorus; perhaps for the usual change from the formation in three ranks (“κατὰ ζυγά”), facing the actors, to that in three files (“κατὰ στοίχους”), preparatory to the final exit. Wecklein thinks that the three divisions of the Chorus made separate exits (right, left, and in front of the spectators). This seems less probable, as the closing scene would be more effective if the whole Chorus went out in procession after the body of Ajax. κάπετον: 1165 n. ταχύνετε has better MS. authority than “ταχύνατε”. The latter may, indeed, have been read by the scholiast (“μετὰ σπουδῆς ὀρύξατε”); but it can derive no support from “θέσθε” (1406), since the process of digging is fitly expressed by the pres. imper., while the aor. imper. better suits the act of placing. “ταχύνω” is not elsewhere transitive.
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