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ὅπως δρῦν ὑλοτόμοι, i.e., with as little pity. But in Il. 13. 389 ff., “ἤριπε δ̓, ὡς ὅτε τις δρῦς ἤριπεν”, the point is the crash with which the stately tree falls.

σχίζουσι, historic pres., following an aor. ( Tr. 267, Tr. 702); as it often also precedes it ( Ant. 269, Ant. 406, Ant. 419). I. Xen. Anab. 5. 12ξύλα σχίζων τις.

κάρα, after “ὃν” (95), acc. defining the part: Ph. 1301μέθες με...χεῖρα” (n.).

πέλεκει: cp. Il. 23. 114ὑλοτόμους πελέκεας ἐν χερσὶν ἔχοντες”. It was a two-edged axe ( “ἀμφάκης,485 ), a “πέλεκυς ἀμφίστομος” or “δίστομος”, bipennis, as dist. from the singleheaded axe, “πέλεκυς ἑτερόστομος” (Pollux 1. 137).

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