οὐ παρ᾽ αὐτοῖς “κ.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. 720 “ὑπ᾽ αὐτὴν.. στήλην”, n.)
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