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ἀπερίτροπος, ‘regardless.’ The word occurs only here; and “περιτρέπομαι” does not occur in a corresponding sense. But the poet has followed the analogy of “ἐντρέπομαι” and the epic “μετατρέπομαί τινος” as=‘to regard.’ With a somewhat similar boldness, he has elsewhere used “στραφείην” with a gen. as=“ἐπιστραφείην” ( Ai. 1117). The meaning is rightly given by Suidas s. v.ἀπερίτροπος,—ἔχει ἐπιστροφὴν καὶ ἐπιμέλειαν ποιεῖται”. In the quotation of the verse by Suidas there, the word “ἀνεπίτροπος” (which would mean ‘without a guardian’) has accidentally been substituted for “ἀπερίτροπος”. Suidas, like the schol., explains “ἀπερίτροπος” by “ἀνεπίστροφος”. They both notice a second, but clearly erroneous, view, acc. to which “ἀπερίτροπος” has a twofold sense here:— (1) in relation to Orestes, ‘not returning,’ “ἀνεπέλευστος”: (2) in relation to Hades, ‘regardless.’

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