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This kommos serves, like the last (201—262), as a lyric expression of tragic pathos; after which the situation is further developed, as in the former case, by iambic dialogue. But in one respect this kommos differs from its predecessor. In order to bring the mind of Ajax into fuller relief, the lyrics are given to him alone, while the Chorus and Tecmessa speak only trimeters.

The structure is as follows:—1st strophe 348—355=1st antistr. 356—363: 2nd str. 364—378=2nd ant. 379—393: 3rd str. 394—411=3rd ant. 412—429. For the metres see Metrical Analysis.

ἰὼ φίλοι ναυβάται: his first words mark the affection which was so deep in the rugged nature.

ἐμμένοντες: Cp. O. T. 351(“τῷ κηρύγματι”) “ἐμμένειν.

ὀρθῷ νόμῳ, the right, sound rule of loyalty to friendship—which the Greek chiefs have forsaken.

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