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πῶς ἂν with optat. in a wish; cp. 531.

ἄθλιός γ᾽ ἀνήρ. This, the reading of the MSS., is confirmed, as against Dindorf's conjecture (see cr. n.), by a point which seems to have escaped notice. The γε after ὅς marks the causal force of the relat. pron. (as in 663); and this indicates that ἄθλιος means, not merely ‘unhappy,’ but ‘wretchedly foolish’ (as in O.T. 372). The reflective emphasis which “γ̓” adds to “ἄθλιος” is thus exactly in place,— ‘misguided indeed that I was.’ A comma after εἰσίδοιμί ς᾿ makes this clearer.

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