πρός τε λουτρὰ=“πρὸς λουτρά τε”: 53 n. λύμαθ᾽ ἁγνίσας refers ostensibly to his washing off (with sea water) the stains of the slaughter. Such an act might be symbolical of purging oneself from a sin; as it is in Il. 1. 313“λαοὺς δ᾽ Ἀτρείδης ἀπολυμαίνεσθαι ἄνωγεν: ι οἱ δ᾽ ἀπελυμαίνοντο καὶ εἰς ἅλα λύματ᾽ ἔβαλλον”: where the meaning is that, by washing in the sea, they cast off their stains upon it ( I. T. 1193 “θάλασσα κλύζει πάντα τἀνθρώπων κακά”). So here the thought in the mind of Ajax is that he will purge himself of his stains by death. ἐξαλύξωμαι: on the question between this form and ἐξαλεύσωμαι, see note in Appendix.
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