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ἐπιστολὰς: Tr. 493 n.

φυλάσσειν, (these mandates) for you to observe; cp. Suppl. 179 “αἰνῶ φυλάξαι τἄμ᾽ ἔπη δελτουμένας”: and for the epexegetic inf., O. C. 231πόνον.. ἀντιδίδωσιν ἔχειν.—φυλάσσειν” should not be taken as governing “Αἴαντα” understood.

ἀπεστερήμεθα: ‘deprived’ (of the power to obey the command); hence, ‘frustrated.’ Cp. O. T. 769 ff., where Iocasta says, “ἀξία δέ που μαθεῖν κἀγὼ κ.τ.λ.”, and Oed. replies, “κοὐ μὴ στερηθῇς” (sc.τοῦ μαθεῖν”). Eur. Andr. 913κἄκτεινας, τις συμφορά σ᾽ ἀφείλετο;” (i.e., “τὸ κτεῖναι”,— ‘prevented’ or ‘baffled’ thee).—Wakefield's ἀφυστερήμεθα is a perf. pass. which nowhere occurs: a better conjecture is Badham's εἰ δ᾽ ἄρ᾽ ὑστερήσαμεν: but the text appears sound.


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