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ὕβριν is plainly that which he inflicts, not that which he punishes; though the latter would be suggested by the usual sense of “ἐκτίνεσθαι”, as in Eur. H. F. 547μή ποτε Κρέοντος θάνατον ἐκτεισαίατο” (‘avenge’). Here the verb means, ‘inflict in vengeance.’

ἐκτείσαιτο (for the spelling, see on 180 f.), not ἐκτείσοιτο: the latter would be tenable only if “αὐτοῦ” could replace αὐτῶν. When he spoke with Athena, he fancied that he had already slain the Atreidae (100); and Odysseus, though reserved for further chastisement, was already “δεσμώτης” (105).

ἰών (=“ὅτε ᾔει”) adds animation; see on Ant. 768δράτω, φρονείτω μεῖζον κατ᾽ ἄνδρ᾽ ἰών”.


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