ὡς ἐπῃσθόμην. On learning that Ajax had left the tent, the Messenger and others had hastened to the camp, to inform Teucer (804). They knew nothing as to the hero's fate. Teucer, who had stayed near the council of chiefs in the hope of mediating (780), then set out to seek Ajax,—going, not, of course, to the tent itself, but to the coast near it. While engaged in the search, he heard the rumour that Ajax was dead. διώκων expresses eager, rapid search; as the midd. “διώκομαι” denotes speed ( El. 871). κἀξιχνοσκοπούμενος. The act. “ἐξιχνοσκοπεῖν” occurs in Tr. 271: “ἰχνοσκοπεῖν” in Aesch. Ch. 228.
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