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γελᾷ δὲ, the traditional reading, is slightly better here than γελᾷ τε: “δέ”, implying that the speaker turns to a new point, here serves to mark a climax: Odysseus exults in thought,—yes, and laughs aloud. For γελᾷ, cp. 382: Ph. 1125(“καί που”..) “ἐγγελᾷ, χερὶ πάλλων τὰν ἐμὰν μελέου τροφάν.

τοῖσδεἄχεσιν, dat. of object with “γελᾷ”: cp. 1042: Nub. 560 “ὅστις οὖν τούτοισι γελᾷ, τοῖς ἐμοῖς μὴ χαιρέτω.

μαινομένοις: as “μαίνομαι” is said of fire, strife, etc., so here it denotes ‘frantic’ griefs, but with a further refer ence to their source in the “μανία” of Ajax. Cp. I. A. 548 “μαινομένων οἴστρων” (so Reiske, for “μαινόμεν̓”).


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