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ξυνάπτετον, intrans., ‘join,’ as Soph. Ph. 702ὡς ἐς λόγους ξυνῆψα Πολυνείκει”. Here the modal dat. λόγοισιν takes the place of “ἐς λόγους”.

ὡς ἐνταῦθ̓ κ.τ.λ. See Appendix, where the proposed emendations are classified. The main points are, I think, these.

(1) ἐμὲν as=“ἐσμέν”, found only in Callim. fr. 294, is undoubtedly corrupt. “ἴμεν”, the easiest correction, is excluded by its sense. It could not mean, ‘we are moving in a place where...,’ ‘we are thereabouts’ (Campbell). It would mean, ‘we are going to a place where....’ But he speaks of the present.

(2) Is, then, ἐνταῦθ̓ spurious? That is the crucial question. If it is spurious, then “ἐμὲν” may be a vestige of a longer 1st pers. plur., such as “ἕσταμεν”: but, if “ἐνταῦθ̓” is genuine, all such conjectures are barred. Now, when the usage of Sophocles is scrutinised, two points favour the genuineness of “ἐνταῦθ̓”. (a) It stands as antecedent to “ἵνα” in Ph. 429: to “ἔνθα” below, Ph. 380: and to “ὅπου” in Tr. 800.b) Sophocles is peculiarly fond of using it in that figurative sense which it would have here, as=‘under these circumstances,’ ‘in that situation’: see, e.g., O. T. 582, O. T. 598, O. T. 720: O. C. 585: Ph. 429, Ph. 433: Tr. 37, Tr. 772, Tr. 936.

(3) Supposing that “ἐνταῦθ̓” is genuine —as seems most likely—no account of the passage is more probable than that the poet wrote “ὡς ἐνταῦθ᾽ ἵνα” | “οὐκ ἔστ᾽ ἔτ᾽ ὀκνεῖν καιρός”, and that “ἔστ̓” dropped out before “ἔτ̓” precisely as in Ph. 23 the words “τόνδ᾽ ἔτ̓, εἴτ̓” have shrunk to “τόνδ᾽ ἤτ̓” in L. Then, Ph. v. 22 being defective, “ἵνα” was shifted to it from the end of v. 21 (cp. O. T. 1264 f., cr. n.); and the gap after “ἐνταῦθ̓” was filled with “ἐμέν”,—a form which the later grammarians, at least, accepted, as will be seen in the Appendix.

ἔργων ἀκμή: cp. 1338: Ph. 12ἀκμὴ γὰρ οὐ μακρῶν ἡμῖν λόγων”: Ai. 811οὐχ ἕδρας ἀκμή” .

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