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ἀλλ᾽ αὐτὸκ.τ.λ.” So Clytaemnestra's gifts to Agamemnon's tomb are to be laid up for her with the gods below: “κειμήλἰ αὐτῇ ταῦτα σῳζέσθω κάτω” ( El. 438). An ingenious critic, GeelJ. , writing on vv. 646—692 in Mnemosyne (II. pp. 200—208, 1853), wishes to omit this verse, because it implies the only direct falsehood in the speech; Ajax was not going to bury his sword under ground. But why should not Ajax think of the sword as destined to be buried in his grave? The shield alone was excepted from the direction which he gave in 577: “τὰ δ᾽ ἄλλα τεύχη κοίν᾽ ἐμοὶ τεθάψεται”.


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