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παντοίας, perh. a reminiscence of Od. 15. 245ὃν περὶ κῆρι φίλει Ζεύς τ᾽ αἰγίοχος καὶ Ἀπόλλων” | “παντοίην φιλότητα”. Literally: ‘reciprocating the graciousness (kindliness) of friendship in every form,’ —bound to me by a mutual friendship, which is sympathetic with every mood. (Not: ‘replacing’ kindliness in every relation,—as though these friends compensated her for the absence of paternal or fraternal sympathy.)

Electra's lyrics contain some Doricisms (129, 146 f., etc.): but it is best to retain “φιλότητος”, with the MSS. The form in “η” was so familiar through Homer that it may have been preferred to “φιλότατος” even in lyrics. Cp. 236.

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    • Homer, Odyssey, 15.245
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