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πλευρὰν διαρρήξαντα. Acc. to the legend followed by Aeschylus in his “Θρῇσσαι” (fr. 83), Ajax was invulnerable, except in one spot; when he sought to fall on his sword, it bent ‘like a bow,’— until a “δαίμων” showed him the fatal place. See Introduction, § 4. The schol. here fancies that Sophocles used “πλευρὰν” with a purposed vagueness,—wishing neither to imitate nor to contradict his predecessor. Rather Sophocles, like the Iliad, ignores altogether the legend which Aeschylus used.


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