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οὐ παρ᾽ αὐτοῖςκ.τ.λ.” Here “παρά” has its simple locative sense, ‘beside.’ “παρὰ κακοῖς” differs from “ἐν κακοῖς” just as “παρὰ πυρὶ” ( Od. 7. 154) from “ἐν πυρί”. They stand, not ‘just on the verge,’ but ‘just in the midst,’ of deadly perils. αὐτοῖς is repeated, because it intensifies each of the prepositions. (Cp. 720ὑπ᾽ αὐτὴν.. στήλην”, n.)

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    • Homer, Odyssey, 7.154
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