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γέρας, the bow, which can be fitly so called because Ph. received it as a reward for good service (670).

ἣν σὲ χρῆν. It is possible to write ἣν σ᾽ ἐχρῆν, as though “σὲ” (not “σε”) were elided: cp. 339. But “ἣν σὲ χρῆν” is here much better, and is favoured by the fact that Soph. has “χρῆν” in nine other places (430, Soph. 1363: Soph. O. T. 1184, Soph. O. T. 1185: Soph. El. 529, Soph. El. 579, Soph. El. 1505: Soph. Tr. 1133: fr. 104. 5), but “ἐχρῆν” only once, viz. in fr. 104. 6, where metre prompted it. The form “ἐχρῆν”, though a product of false analogy (since “χρῆν”=“χρὴ ἦν”), was, of course, equally correct in Attic: it is attested by metre in Ar. Eq. 11: Ar. Pax 135: Ar. Av. 364, Ar. Av. 1177, Ar. Av. 1201: Ar. Ran. 152, Ar. Ran. 935: Ar. Th. 598: Ar. Eccl. 19: fr. 110 and 304.

1064 Since ἐν must be considered as belonging to Ἀργείοις, this v. has no caesura either in the 3rd or in the 4th foot: cp. 101, 1369. It may seem strange that the poet did not write “ὅπλοις ἐν Ἀργείοισι κοσμηθεὶς φανεῖ”, as Mekler proposes. But the halting rhythm of ὅπλοισι κοσμηθεὶς, etc., seems to express the anguish with which Ph. dwells on this bitter thought,—that his bow is to win glory for his enemy. A similar effect of rhythm occurs in Soph. Ant. 44, “ γὰρ νοεῖς θάπτειν σφ̓, ἀπόρρητον πόλει”;


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