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ταλαίφρων γύναι. We should expect either “ ταλαῖφρον γύναι”, or “ ταλαίφρων γυνή”, exclamatory, like El. 150ἰὼ παντλάμων Νιόβα”. But the reading given above has the best MS. authority, and is tacitly accepted in several recent editions. I retain it, because the words, though addressed to Tecmessa, are in fact rather a comment upon her fate. Hence it is conceivable that the nom. of the adjective, usual in exclamations, should here be combined with a vocative of the person.

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