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ὄντοςβεβῶτος. The leading idea of the sentence is here expressed by the gen. absol., as so often by the participle in other cases (O.C. 1038 n.).—It was necessary for the plot that the absence of Aegisthus should be notified to the spectators at some early moment; Clytaemnestra reminds them of it at v. 517.

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