ὠμοκρατὴς denotes the rugged, massive, untamed strength of Ajax, and is meant to suggest a contrast with his present affliction; so 548 “ὠμοῖς..νόμοις”, 885 “ὠμόθυμος”, 931 “ὠμόφρων”. (The word was absurdly taken by some to mean, ‘with strong shoulders,’—as the Iliad mentions his “εὐρέας ὤμους”, 3. 227.)
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