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τᾷ Ζηνὸς εὐσεβείᾳ, ‘by thy piety towards Zeus’: for the objective gen., cp. O. T. 239θεῶν εὐχαῖσι”. The MSS. have Διὸς, against metre, just as in Tr. 956 they have “τὸν Διὸς ἄλκιμον γόνον”. In both places, Ζηνὸς, the correction of Triclinius, seems the best. Here, indeed, to judge by a marginal scholium in L (cr. n.), “Ζηνὸς” may have been an old variant. The change of “Ζηνὸς” into “Διὸς” is such as might have been due to a slip of memory in actors, by whom the tragic texts had been much corrupted even before 330 B.C.—Recent criticism is inclined to suspect some deeper fault here (see cr. n.); but, as it seems to me, without good reason.

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