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λέγω σ᾽λαβεῖν, ‘I say that thou art to take.’ In this constr., ‘say’ means ‘command’; the act commanded is denoted by the inf., and the agent by the acc., as subject to the inf. Cf. Ai. 1047σὲ φωνῶ τόνδε τὸν νεκρὸν χεροῖν” | “μὴ συγκομίζειν”: O. C. 932εἶπον μὲν οὖν καὶ πρόσθεν, ἐννέπω δὲ νῦν”, | “τὰς παῖδας ὡς τάχιστα δεῦρ᾽ ἄγειν τινά”: Tr. 137 ff. “σὲ...ἐλπίσιν λέγω” | “τάδ᾽ αἰὲν ἴσχειν”. The agent can also stand in the dat. as object to the verb of saying: O. C. 840χαλᾶν λέγω σοι”.—This verse has no caesura: cp. 1369: Ant. 1021οὐδ᾽ ὄρνις εὐσήμους ἀπορροιβδεῖ βοάς”, with n. there. Distinguish these rare examples from those which have an elision after the 3rd foot (‘quasi-caesura’), as 276: Ant. 44 γὰρ νοεῖς θάπτειν σφ̓, ἀπόρρητον πόλει”;

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    • Sophocles, Ajax, 1047
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    • Sophocles, Antigone, 44
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 840
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 932
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 1369
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 137
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