ὁ Μαίας δὲ παῖς. Hermes “χθόνιος”, whom Electra had already invoked (111), acts here in his twofold quality as “πομπαῖος” and “δόλιος”. Cp. Ph. 133“Ἑρμῆς δ᾽ ὁ πέμπων δόλιος ἡγήσαιτο νῷν”. A like part is assigned to him in the Choephori, 727 “χθόνιον δ᾽ Ἑρμῆν” | .. “τοῖσδ᾽ ἐφοδεῦσαι” | “ξιφοδηλήτοισιν ἀγῶσιν”: ib. 812 “ξυλλάβοι δ᾽ ἐνδίκως” | “παῖς ὁ Μαίας ἐπιφορώτατος” (like a favouring wind) | “πρᾶξιν οὐρίαν θέλων”. Ἑρμῆς σφ᾽ ἄγει is the most probable reading. The erasure in L, and the variants in later MSS., have prompted conjectures. Thus Neue, whom Nauck and Wecklein follow, writes “ἐπί σφ̓ ἄγει”: G. Wolff suggests “ἑξῆς σφ᾽ ἄγει”: Kvíčala, “σφ᾽ ἐπεξάγει”. But it is rash to assume that “Ἑρμῆς” is a gloss: cp. [Eur. ] Rhes. 216 “ἀλλ᾽ εὖ σ᾽ ὁ Μαίας παῖς ἐκεῖσε καὶ πάλιν” | “πέμψειεν Ἑρμῆς, ὅς γε φηλητῶν ἄναξ”. If the ς of σφ̓ had been lost after “Ἑρμῆς, φ̓ἄγει” might have led to “ἐπάγει”, and this to mistaken remedies, such as “ἐπεισάγει” (cr. n.).
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