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πέπαυται, sc. Αἴας τῆς νόσου”: cp. 279. The subject to εὐτυχεῖν is rather “ἡμᾶς” than “αὐτόν”: the thought is, “δοκῶ ὅτι εὐτυχοῖμεν ἄν”. Cp. O. T. 87λέγω γὰρ καὶ τὰ δύσφοῤ, εἰ τύχοι κατ᾽ ὀρθὸν ἐξελθόντα, πάντ᾽ ἂν εὐτυχεῖν”. In the omission of the subject to the inf., as in “πέπαυται” and in “τοῦ κακοῦ”, there is a shade of reticence which suits the recent sense of horror in the speaker's mind.

φρούδου γὰρ κ.τ.λ.: the gen. is not absol., but depends on λόγος. Cp. fr. 346 “μύχθου γὰρ οὐδεὶς τοῦ παρελθόντος λόγος”. Their thought is that, if he is himself again, his value to the Greeks will plead for pardon of his frenzy.

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