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εὑροῦς᾿, if sound, means simply, ‘having ascertained.’ We may suppose that at least some interval had elapsed between the murder and the institution of these rites. The usurper could not at first feel secure. Having resolved to institute such a festival, Clytaemnestra was careful to see that the day of the month chosen should be precisely that on which the crime was committed. The word τότε, implying some lapse of time, confirms this view: cp. Ai. 650.For “εὑρίσκειν” as=‘to discover by reflection’ cp. Tr. 1178 n.—Others take “εὑροῦσα” as=“ἐπειδὰν εὕρῃ”, i.e., ‘when she has found that day’ by its coming to her in the course of each successive month (Bellermann). So, too, Wecklein, who suggests that “εὑροῦσα” expresses joy at the happy “εὕρημα”.

The conjecture φρουροῦς᾿ (cr. n.) is, from a palaeographical point of view, slightly preferable to the rival conjecture τηροῦς᾿, and is supported by Eur. Alc. 27φρουρῶν τόδ᾽ ἦμαρ”. But no change seems necessary.

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    • Euripides, Alcestis, 27
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