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καὶ κάρτ̓. Here “καὶ”=‘and.’ But where “καὶ κάρτα” replies to a question (O.C. 65 and 301), the verb being understood, “καὶ” merely emphasises (‘Yea, surely’), and “καὶ κάρτα” is then equiv. to “ κάρτα” ( El. 312). Similarly in “καὶ μάλα, καὶ” sometimes=‘and,’ but sometimes merely strengthens the adv. (vel maxime): El. 1178 n.

τὸ ταχθὲν=“ ἂν ταχθῇ”: he has not yet given his command. Cp. Tr. 1187 μὴν ἐμοὶ τὸ λεχθὲν ἔργον ἐκτελεῖν”, i.e. ἂν λεχθῇ.

τολμᾷ, bring herself to do it: cp. 411: Ph. 481τόλμησον”, ‘make the effort.’ Instead of agreeing to take her advice (“ἔπη”), Ajax replies that he will be ready to praise her obedience.

For the alliteration (“παρήχησις”) cp. 1112: O.T. 371 “τυφλὸς τά τ᾽ ὦτα τόν τε νοῦν τά τ᾽ ὄμματ᾽ εἶ” (n.).


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