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τοῖς ἄλλοισιν Ἀργείων: a somewhat unusual phrase, instead of “τοῖς ἄλλοις Ἀργείοις”, or “τοῖς ἄλλοις τῶν Ἀργείων”. The dat. with πέλας is rare, but cp. Pind. O. 7. 18Ἀσίας..νᾶσον πέλας ἐμβόλῳ ναίοντας”: Suppl. 208 “θέλοιμ᾽ ἂν ἤδη σοὶ πέλας θρόνους ἔχειν”. Aesch. fr. 102 “ἀμφωτίδες τοι τοῖς ἐνωτίοις πέλας”.

καθ᾽ ἡμᾶς, ‘over against’ the place in the line of battle where Ajax is stationed. Xen. Cyr. 7. 1§ 16 (with ref. to an army arrayed for battle) “τὰ μὲν καθ᾽ ἡμᾶς ἔμοιγε δοκεῖ..καλῶς ἔχειν: ἀλλὰ τὰ πλάγια” (the flanks) “λυπεῖ με”.

οὔποτ᾽ ἐκρήξει μάχη. The only natural sense of these words is, ‘battle will never break forth.’ This may mean, ‘the enemy will never be able to break forth (like a torrent bursting through a barrier), and carry confusion into our ranks.’ Ajax will suffice to stem the <*>de.—The words could not mean, ‘the battle (on our side) will never break up.’ For the verb, cp. Meteor. 2. 8 (p. 366 b 32) “ἐκρήξας εἰς τὸν ὑπὲρ γῆς τόπον φανερῶς ὥσπερ ἐκνεφίας ἐξῆλθεν κινήσας ἄνεμος”.

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