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δίπαλτος, in active sense (cp. “ἄψαυστος ἔγχους”, O. T. 969 n.), wielding their swords with both hands, i.e., with their utmost force. I. T. 323 “ὡς δ᾽ εἴδομεν δίπαλτα πολεμίων ξίφη”. That the word had passed into a figurative sense (in which “δι-” was merely equiv. to ‘fiercely’), is indicated by “τριπάλτων πημάτων” in Aesch. Th. 985, woes hurled on one with crushing force. “δίπαλτος” should not be explained with ref. to the two spears of the Homeric warrior ( Il. 5. 495πάλλων δ᾽ ὀξέα δοῦρε”).

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    • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, 985
    • Homer, Iliad, 5.495
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 969
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