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πρὸς γενείου: a formula of solemn appeal, accompanied, perhaps. by the gesture of raising her right hand towards his face. In Il. 1. 500 f. Thetis clasps the knees of Zeus with her left hand, and places her right under his chin. The same two acts of supplication are associated in Eur. H. F. 1207, Eur. Andr. 573, etc. Cp. Eur. Hec. 344μή σου προσθίγω γενειάδος”.

The reading of the MSS., μ<*> ᾿ξέλη, is stronger and more pathetic than μ᾽ ἐξέλῃ: and “με” is easily understood. For the reiterated “μή”, cp. O. C. 210μή, μή μ᾽ ἀνέρῃ”: Ai. 191μή, μή μ̓, ἄναξ”,.. | ..“κακὰν φάτιν ἄρῃ.

ἐξέλῃ, properly, ‘take out of my keeping,’ while “ἀφέλῃ” would be simply ‘take away from me.’ So Her. 3. 137ἑξαιρεθέντες τε τὸν Δημοκήδεα καὶ τὸν γαῦλον..ἀπαιρεθέντες.

τὰ φίλτατα: cp. O. C. 1110ἔχω τὰ φίλτατ̓” (his daughters): Ph. 434σοῦ πατρὸς ἦν τὰ φίλτατα” (Patroclus).

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    • Euripides, Andromache, 573
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    • Herodotus, Histories, 3.137
    • Homer, Iliad, 1.500
    • Sophocles, Ajax, 191
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1110
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