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κἂνἱκοίμην..; The force of “ καί”, which inquires with a certain eagerness (663, O.T. 368, 757), seems exactly in place here. The leader of the Chorus, not without trepidation, approaches the subject which is uppermost in their thoughts. With τ<*>ν, or δἂν (a crasis for which “ἐπειδὰν” is quoted), there would be no interrogation. But neither seems nearly so fitting as “ κᾁν.

ἐς λόγους τοὺς σοὺς ἱκοίμην instead of “ἐς λόγους ἱκοίμην σοι”: cp. Her. 2. 28τῶν ἐμοὶ ἀπικομένων ἐς λόγους”.

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