ἄνα, the prep., with anastrophe, as=“ἀνάστηθι”: the hiatus as in Il. 9. 247“ἀλλ᾽ ἄνα, εἰ μέμονάς γε.” ὅπου … ποτέ, ‘wheresoever,’ i.e. in whatever spot within the dwelling. The change of ποτὲ to ποτὶ (on which see Tr. 1214 n.) introduces a strange phrase, “στηρίζει πρὸς σχολῇ”. The simple dat. (of circumstance) is clearly right. ἀγωνίῳ σχολᾷ seems to mean, ‘battlepause,’ i.e., rest from battle. Other explanations are: (1) “σχολή” which causes an “ἀγών” (discrimen); because, while Ajax rests, his foes are perilously active. Now, if the Chorus assumed that Ajax, while absent from battle, had been employed in other effort, then, indeed, they might call his rest “ἀγώνιος σχολή”, ‘a strenuous rest,’ like otium negotiosum. But it seems impossible that “ἀγώνιος σχολή” should mean merely, his ‘perilous’ or ‘critical’ rest,—made so by the acts of others.
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