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αἰαῖ: ἰὼ στέγαι. Dindorf (Metra p. 106) reads these words as a dochmiac (“˘˘˘¯˘¯”): Nauck and Wecklein take them as an iambic tripody (“¯¯˘¯˘¯”). The latter view seems correct. The hiatus after “αἰαῖ” is excused by the pause. Cp. Ant. 1276φεῦ φεῦ, πόνοι”. Ph. 1106αἰαῖ αἰαῖ” (=1086 “ὤμοι μοί μοι”).

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