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ἔβαλον=“προὔβαλον”: cp. Ai. 1333ἄθαπτον...βαλεῖν” (and ib. 1309).— ὡς σὺ φής κ.τ.λ.: Blaydes (who compares Ar. Th. 801ἡμεῖς μὲν γάρ φαμεν ὑμᾶς”, | “ὑμεῖς δ᾽ ἡμᾶς”) asks how Philoctetes could know this. We can only suppose that, before he was put on shore at Lemnos, the decision was announced to him by the Atreidae, who laid the responsibility on Odysseus. It was he who actually put Philoctetes ashore; and, when doing so, he may have cast the blame on his superiors,—as he does in v. 6. The occasional visitors to Lemnos (307) cannot well have been Ph. 's informants, since the Atreidae and Odysseus would not court notoriety for their deed (cp. 257).


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    • Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae, 801
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