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κοὐδενί πω λῴονι θνητῶν. If the text is sound, we must supply “πονήσας”, as πω indicates: lit., ‘toiling for this heroic man, and never yet (having toiled) for a worthier.’ This is a harsh kind of compression; but, as the general sense is so clear, it might be tolerated. The phrase cannot be explained by ‘attraction,’ as if “πάντ᾽ ἀγαθῷ, κοὐδενί πω λῴονι θνητῶν”, could mean, “πάντ᾽ ἀγαθῷ, καὶ οὗ οὐδείς πω λῴων ἦν θνητῶν”. Blaydes writes, “κοὐδενὸς οὐ λῴονι θνητῶν”. As to metre, the verse is a correct paroemiac, i.e., an anapaestic dimeter short of one syllable (‘catalectic’); the only peculiarity is the dactyl in the first foot, which in that place of a paroemiac is less usual than a spondee or an anapaest.


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