εὔφημα φώνει, as in 362. τοῖς ἀκούουσιν λέγε: cp. Theocr. 15. 90 “πεισομένοις ἐπίτασσε”. Euripides has what seems an echo of this verse in the Hercules Furens (a play referable to 421— 416 B.C., and so later than the Ajax), 1184 “ΘΗ. εὔφημα φώνει. ΑΜΦ. βουλομένοισιν ἐπαγγέλλει”. The division of the verse between two speakers (“ἀντιλαβή”) is here used for the first time in the play, to mark the tension of feeling.
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