μήπω γε “κ.τ.λ.” This is one of the instances in which the appearance of the ‘deus ex machina’ is not preceded by any notice in the text. Similar cases are those of Athena in I. T. 1435 and Suppl. 1183, and the Dioscuri in Helen. 1642. It may be inferred that in these instances the apparition was a sudden one,—effected, perhaps, by the actor coming out upon a high platform (“θεολογεῖον”) at the back of the scene. When, on the other hand, the approach of the deity is described in the text (e.g. Androm. 1227 ff.), he was probably lowered, or raised, by machinery. (Cp. MA. üller, Griech. Bühnenalterthüm., pp. 151 ff.) The nine anapaests here are spoken as Heracles moves forward.— With regard to the dramatic fitness of this interposition, see Introd. § 11.
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