ὤτρυνον, εἰσέβαλλον. Hermann supported his conjecture, “Ἐρινύων ὤτρυνον” (cr. n.), by the remark that the asyndeton in the traditional text implies an agitation of mind unsuitable to the goddess. But it rather expresses the vehemence with which the frenzy sent by her drove Ajax onward. Cp. Aesch. Cho. 288“καὶ λύσσα καὶ μάταιος ἐκ νυκτῶν φόβος ι κινεῖ, ταράσσει”. εἰς ἕρκη κακά. Cp. Aesch. Ag. 1611“τῆς Δίκης ἐν ἕρκεσιν”. Here it is the epithet “κακά” which marks the figurative sense of “ἕρκη”: as dirges are “ὕμνοι ἄλυροι” ( Eur. Alc. 447), and the eagle of Zeus is “πτηνὸς κύων” ( Aesch. P. V. 1022). For the similar use of other words denoting nets or toils, see on El. 1476“ἀρκυστάτοις”.
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