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πόνος πόνῳ πόνον: cp. 1197, and n. on O. T. 175. Aesch. Pers. 1041δόσιν κακὰν κακῶν κακοῖς”. The dialogue in 866—878 is conducted by the two leaders of hemichoria. When Sophocles raised the number of the tragic Chorus from twelve to fifteen, his object was to provide a coryphaeus (distinct from the ordinary choreutae), and two subordinate leaders. The technical name for these leaders of hemichoria was “παραστάται”, because they stood one on each side of the coryphaeus when the Chorus was drawn up in ranks (“κατὰ ζυγά”).

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