ἀλλ᾽ οὐ μὰ “κ.τ.λ.” Far the most probable account of the text here is that an iambic trimeter was corrupted, first by an accidental transposition of words and then by attempted correction, into the form which appears in most MSS. (cr. n.), “ἀλλ᾽ οὐ τὰν Ἄρτεμιν τὰν αἰὲν ἀδμήταν”. A strong argument for this is the antistrophic verse, 1260, “τίς οὖν ἂν ἀξίαν γε σοῦ πεφηνότος”: where “ἂν”, though omitted by the scribe of L, was supplied by another early hand, and appears in A, as in most other MSS., and in the Aldine. The inference is confirmed by the manner in which pairs of iambic trimeters alternate with lyrics throughout this strophe: 1235 f., 1243 f., 1251 f.—For other views, see Appendix. τὴν ἄδμητον: cp. the prayer of the Danaïdes to Artemis, Suppl. 149 “ἀδμάτας ἀδμάτα” | “ῥύσιος γενέσθω.” Ἄρτεμιν: 626 n.
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