πρᾶξιν, ‘fortune,’ ‘plight,’ the usual sense of the sing. in Sophocles ( O. C. 560 n.). The word is somewhat strange, since the message announces nothing new which has befallen Ajax, but merely points to an imminent crisis in his fate. This is the true recommendation of the conjecture βάξιν,—not the fact that “πρᾶξιν” recurs in 792. But φέρων … πρᾶξιν may be a reminiscence of Pers. 248(a play of which there are several echoes in the Ajax): “καὶ φέρει” (‘announces’) “σαφές τι πρᾶγος ἐσθλὸν ἢ κακὸν κλύειν.— ἤλγης᾿”: for the aor. cp. 693 n.
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