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πᾶσ᾽ ἀνάγκη, as O. T. 986, Her. 2. 22, Plat. Phaedop. 67 A, etc.— τά τ᾽ ὄντα καὶ μέλλοντα: for the omission of the art. with the second partic., cp. 991 n.

Aegisthus means: ‘Must this house witness, not only those sorrows of our family which exist already, but those others which are to come, if I am slain?’ He speaks of his impending doom as if it were due, not to his own crimes, but to the working of the hereditary “ἀρά”, and implies that it will be followed by other deeds of bloodshed. In saying Πελοπιδῶν, he appeals, as a last hope, to family sympathies. Thyestidae, like himself, and Atreidae, like Orestes, are alike ‘children of Pelops.’ According to the legend, the calamities of the house were closed by the righteous vengeance of Orestes, whom Athena's judgment vindicated from the Furies.

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 2.22
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