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χειρὶ adds a certain emphasis, as if he said, ‘from the day that this sword came into my hand.’ Cp. Eur. Hec. 527πλῆρες δ᾽ ἐν χεροῖν λαβὼν δέπας πάγχρυσον αἴρει χειρὶ παῖς Ἀχιλλέως χοὰς θανόντι πατρί”.

The exchange of gifts between the two heroes is told in Il. 7. 303 ff.: Hector gave ‘his silver-studded sword (“ξίφος ἀργυρόηλον”), with scabbard and well-cut baldrick; and Ajax gave his girdle bright with purple.’

ἔσχον in its normal sense, ‘obtained.’

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    • Euripides, Hecuba, 527
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