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ἀπόνητοι=“ἄπονοι”, free from trouble or suffering; a form found elsewhere only in the adv. “ἀπονητότατα” ( Her. 2. 14). The reference is explained by the words, “τάδ᾽ οὐκ ἐπ᾽ ἴσας τελοῦμεν”; ‘Those of us mortals who neglect these duties do not long escape suffering.’ A reflection suggested by the conduct of Chrysothemis is softened by being put in a general form.—Others suppose that Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra are the subjects of “ἀπόνητοι”: but the context clearly excludes this.

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