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τοῖσι σοῖς was the prevalent reading here, while τοῖς ἴσοις can claim to be the original reading of L: but, in a case where confusion was so easy, the authority of our MSS. is not great. In O. T. 648πάρεισί σοι” has been made in L from “πάρεισ᾽ ἴσοι”: and in Vesp. 747 “τοῖς ἴσοις” was a v.l. for the true “τοῖσι σοῖς”.

The word ξυγγενὴς in 1202 is the point which inclines me to prefer τοῖσι σοῖς. If he had said τοῖς ἴσοις,—‘equal,’ or ‘equivalent,’ woes,—that would have explained, indeed, why he should feel sympathy; but it would not have warranted the surmise that he was a kinsman. The objection that, with “τοῖσι σοῖς”, v. 1201 merely repeats 1200, is un founded. He pities her woes, he says, because he feels them (“ἀλγῶν”). Cp. Aesch. Cho. 222(shortly before the “ἀναγνώρισις”): “ΗΛ. ἀλλ᾽ ἐν κακοῖσι τοῖς ἐμοῖς γελᾶν θέλεις”; | “ΟΡ. κἀν τοῖς ἐμοῖς ἄῤ, εἴπερ ἔν γε τοῖσι σοῖς”. While preferring “τοῖσι σοῖς”, however, I recognise that “τοῖς ἴσοις” is also quite tenable.

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