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ἐρεῖς μὲν οὐχὶκ.τ.λ.” The antithesis implied by “μὲν” is given by vv. 554 f.: ‘I have not, indeed, provoked this discussion; still, I should like to speak.’ For ἐρεῖς preceding the negative, cp. Ant. 223ἄναξ, ἐρῶ μὲν οὐχ κ.τ.λ.” For the constr., ἐρεῖςμ᾽ ὡς, cp. 520.

ἄρξασά τι λυπηρὸν: cp. fr. 339 “ἄρξασι Φρυξὶ τὴν κατ᾽ Ἀργείων ὕβριν”. This constr., rare for “ἄρχω”, is regular for “ὑπάρχω”, as Dem. or. 19 § 280εὐεργεσίας ἃς ὑπῆρξαν εἰς ἡμᾶς.

τάδ᾽ ἐξήκους᾿, alluding to the reproaches in vv. 518, 529, etc. Cp. Ph. 378δηχθεὶς πρὸς ἁξήκουσεν”, ‘stung by the abuse.’

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    • Demosthenes, On the False Embassy, 280
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