μὲν οὖν: O. T. 705 n. σε τήνδε τ᾽ ἔμπυον βάσιν: the phrase recalls those in which Ph. himself had spoken of the ulcered limb as if it had a being distinct from his own (786, 1188, 1202). Cp. O. C. 750“ἀεί σε κηδεύουσα καὶ τὸ σὸν κάρα.—υ” was short in “πύον” and “ἔμπυος” (as in Lat. puter), though long in “πύθω” (as in puteo, putidus): Empedocles 336 “πύον, ἔπλετο λευκόν”: Andromachus (flor. circ. 50 A.D. ) ap. Galen p. 876 “καὶ μογερῶν στέρνων ἀπολύεται ἔμπυον ἰλύν.” κἀποσώσοντας is a necessary correction here (cp. cr. n.).
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