θοὸν, properly the epithet of εἰρεσίας, is transferred to ζυγὸν (cp. Ant. 794 n.): “ζυγὸν ἕζομαι”, as Aesch. Ag. 183“σέλμα..ἡμένων”, Eur. Or. 956“τρίποδα καθίζων”. ναῒ μεθεῖναι, ‘to let the ship go,’— “ἡνίας”, or the like, being understood. Cp. Eur. fr. 779 “κρούσας δὲ πλευρὰ πτεροφόρων ὀχημάτων ι μεθῆκεν” (‘he let his horses go’）“: αἱ δ᾽ ἔπταντ᾽ ἐπ᾽ αἰθέρος πτυχάς”. The elliptical use of “μεθιέναι”, with dat., in this sense, seems to be rare: but it is parallel with that of “ἐφιέναι” as=indulgere (e.g. Plat. Rep. 388E “ὅταν τις ἐφιῇ..γέλωτι”).
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