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οὗτος: cp. 89, 1047: O. C. 1627 οὗτος οὗτος Οἰδίπους, τί μέλλομεν;

σὲ τὸν κ.τ.λ.: in a peremptory call of this kind, the acc. regularly stands first; cp. 1228, and see on Ant. 441σὲ δή, σὲ τὴν νεύουσαν κ.τ.λ.

αἰχμαλωτίδας, instead of “αἰχμαλώτων”: cp. Eur. Or. 222ἀδελφῇ χειρί” (a sister's hand); I. A. 1306 “εὐναῖς βασιλίσι” (the bed of a king).

ἀπευθύνοντα, lit. ‘straightening out,’ here, binding behind the back: O. T. 1154οὐχ ὡς τάχος τις τοῦδ᾽ ἀποστρέψει χέρας”; Od. 22. 189σὺν δὲ πόδας χεῖράς τε δέον θυμαλγέϊ δεσμῷ εὖ μάλ᾽ ἀποστρέψαντε διαμπερές”. So Achilles deals with his captives, Il. 21. 30δῆσε δ᾽ ὀπίσσω χεῖρας ἐϋτμήτοισιν ἱμᾶσιν”. Hom. Od. 3. 5. 22retorta tergo bracchia libero.

Cp. Eur. Andr. 719ὧδ̓, κάκιστε, τῆσδ᾽ ἐλυμήνω χέρας; βοῦν λέοντ᾽ ἤλπιζες ἐντείνειν βρόχοις;” (‘strain with cords’). Ajax fancies himself to be tying the hands of human prisoners behind them, when he fastens the fore feet of an ox or sheep to its hind feet. Cp. 299.


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