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λουτροῖς σ᾽ ἐκόσμης᾿: not merely, ‘honoured with washings,’ but rather, ‘washed and dressed’ for the “πρόθεσις”. The sense is thus the same as in Ant. 900 f. “θανόντας αὐτόχειρ ὑμᾶς ἐγὼ” | “ἔλουσα κἀκόσμησα”. For “κοσμεῖν” in ref. to funeral rites, cp. 1401: Ant. 395τάφον” | “κοσμοῦσα” (‘showing grace to the dead’— by sprinkling dust and pouring libations). Similarly O.C. 1602 “λουτροῖς τέ νιν” | “ἐσθῆτί τ᾽ ἐξήσκησαν”. Isaeus or. 8 § 22 “λεγούσης ὅτι βούλοιτ᾽ ἂν αὐτὴ τὸ σῶμα τὸ ἐκείνου συμμεταχειρίζεσθαι” (referring esp. to the washing of the corpse) “μεθ᾽ ἡμῶν καὶ κοσμῆσαι”. Lucian De luctu 11 mentions washing, anointing with perfumes, crowning with flowers and dressing.

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