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τίς ἂν with the optat. (“ἀπύοι”, 887) expresses a wish, cp. El. 1103 n.— ἁλιαδᾶν, sons of “ἅλιοι” (sea-faring men, fishermen); poetical for “ἁλιέων”, like “παῖδες Ἑλλήνων” ( Aesch. Pers. 402). The use of the patronymic in Greek poetry was a free one; thus Pindar can say “ἀφθίτου Ἐννοσίδα” (Poseidon, P. 4. 33), forming the word from “ἔνοσις”. We might compare “τεκτονίδης”, which occurs as a proper name in Od. 8. 114.

ἔχωνἄγρας: cp. 564θήραν ἔχων” (n.).

ἀΰπνους: the “υ” is long here, as in O. C. 685(where “ἄϋπνοι”=“ἀηδών” in 672), though short in Ph. 848: as in Ph. 827 the first “Υπνε” has “υ_”, and the second “υ^”. Hermann unnecessarily inserted ἀμφ̓ before “ἀΰπνους” (taking the “υ” as short). The metre is dochmiac: cp. 926 n.

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