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ἄτηςἐπίσκοπον (from “σκοπός” as=‘mark’), aimed at it, having regard to it: schol. “οὐχ ἡμαρτηκὸς τῆς συμφορᾶς, ἀλλ᾽ ἐστοχασμένον”. Another gloss, “ἔφορον”, represents the view that “ἐπίσκοπον” is from “σκοπός” as=‘overseer’, and means ‘looking upon’ the “ἄτη”: which yields virtually the same sense. But, in actual usage, this “ἐπίσκοπος”, when figurative, means ‘watching or presiding over.’ In Aesch. Ch. 125 f., “τοὺς γῆς ἔνερθε δαίμονας κλύειν ἐμὰς εὐχάς, πατρῴων δωμάτων ἐπισκόπους”, the adj. is best taken with “δαίμονας”, ‘looking upon.’ Hence it is better to suppose the notion of aiming at a mark both here and in Aesch. Eum. 903, “ὁποῖα νίκης μὴ κακῆς ἐπίσκοπα”. Herodotus has the literal sense, Aesch. Eum. 3. 35, “τίνα εἶδες..οὕτω ἐπίσκοπα τοξεύοντα;

μέλος, said here of a loud lament, denotes the bellowing of oxen in fr. 637 “μέλη βοῶν ἄναυλα καὶ ῥακτήρια” (‘discordant’). Euripides applies the word to Nestor's winning eloquence, “τὸ Νεστόρειον εὔγλωττον μέλος” (fr. 899).


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