ἐκεῖνο marks (better than “τοῦτο” would have done) the somewhat abrupt change of subject. Athena treats Ajax as one whose thoughts can be turned at pleasure in any new direction. ἔγχος, ‘sword’; cp. 287, 658, 907, Ant. 1236; synonymous with “ξίφος” (10, Ant. 231, Ant. 1034), and “φάσγανον” (834, Ant. 899). εὖ: cp. 18.— πρὸς Ἀργείων στρατῷ, ‘on’ them,—denoting an encounter at close quarters; cp. 97.
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