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δεινὰν δεινῶς: cp. 989: Ph. 166 n.—The phrase δεινὰνμορφάν must be viewed in the light of the following words, “εἴτ᾽ οὖν θεὸς εἴτε βροτῶν” | “ἦν ταῦτα πράσσων”. The Chorus doubt whether the agency in the terrible crime was merely human. Perchance an evil “δαίμων” was there, wor<*>ng out the curse upon the line of Pelops (504—515). The “δεινὴ μορφή”, offspring of “δόλος” and “ἔρος”, is the act of murder, embodied in the image of a supernatural “ἀλάστωρ”. Sophocles may have had in mind the words of the Aeschylean Clytaemnestra ( Ag. 1500 f.); the slayer of Agamemnon, she says, was in truth the Avenger of the house, who took her form:—“φανταζόμενος δὲ γυναικὶ νεκροῦ” | “τοῦδ᾽ παλαιὸς δριμὺς ἀλάστωρ” | “Ἀτρέως, χαλεποῦ θοινατῆρος”, | “τόνδ᾽ ἀπέτεισεν”, | “τέλεον νεαροῖς ἐπιθύσας”.

εἴτ᾽ οὖνεἴτε: cp. 560: O.T. 1049 n.— βροτῶν, partitive gen.: M. 1. 3. 9 “ε<*>ναι τῶν σωφρονικῶν ἀνθρώπων”.—Cp. O. T. 1258λυσσῶντι δ᾽ αὐτῷ δαιμόνων δείκνυσί τις:” | “οὐδεὶς γὰρ ἀνδρῶν”. Ai. 243κακὰ δεννάζων ῥήμαθ̓, δαίμων” | “κοὐδεὶς ἀνδρῶν ἐδίδαξεν”.

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