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ὄκνῳκ.τ.λ.” It seems simplest and best to construe thus: “καὶ μὴ ὄκνῳ ἐκπλαγῆτε, δείσαντές με ἀπηγριωμένον” (cp. I. A. 1535 “ταρβοῦσα τλήμων κἀκπεπληγμένη φόβῳ”); though “ἐκπλαγῆτε” could directly govern “με” ( El. 1045οὐδὲν ἐκπλαγεῖσά σε”). In O. C. 1625στῆσαι φόβῳ δείσαντας ἐξαίφνης τρίχας”, the dat. is causal (‘through fear’): in Tr. 176, “φόβῳ...ταρβοῦσαν”, it has an adverb. force (‘sorely afraid’; cp. O. T. 65).

ἀπηγριωμένον, made like to an “ἄγριος”, or wild man: cp. the description of Philoctetes, as Diomedes and Odysseus found him at Lemnos, in Quintus Smyrnaeus 9. 364 ff.: “αὐαλέαι δέ οἱ ἀμφὶ κόμαι περὶ κρατὶ κέχυντο” | “θηρὸς ὅπως ὀλοοῖο”... | “καί οἱ πᾶν μεμάραντο δέμας, περὶ δ᾽ ὀστέα μοῦνον” | “ῥινὸς ἔην, ὀλοὴ δὲ παρηΐδας ἀμφέχυτ᾽ αὐχμὴ” | “λευγαλέον ῥυπόωντος”. Attius 14 quod te obsecro, aspernabilem ne haec taetritudo mea me inculta faxit. Cp. Tennyson, Enoch Arden: ‘Downward from his mountain gorge | Stept the longhair'd long-bearded solitary, | Brown, looking hardly human, strangely clad’...

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    • Sophocles, Electra, 1045
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1625
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 65
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 176
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