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ἔκειτ̓, ‘lay low in death,’ a poet. equiv. for ‘had died’ (not=“προέκειτο”, ‘lay on the bier,’ ready for the “ἐκφορά”). Cp. El. 1134ὅπως θανὼν ἔκεισο τῇ τόθ᾽ ἡμέρᾳ” | “τύμβου πατρῴου κοινὸν εἰληχὼς μέρος”. Ant. 1174καὶ τίς φονεύει; τίς δ᾽ κείμενος”; Simonides fr. 60 “κεῖσαι ζῶν ἔτι μᾶλλον τῶν ὑπὸ γᾶς ἐκείνων”. It is natural to suppose that the son's wish to arrive before the burial (351) was fulfilled; for the tidings of the death would have been sent at once, and he would have reached Troy not later, perhaps, than five days after it (cp. 354). In Hector's case the funeral took place only on the tenth day after his remains had been brought home ( Il. 24. 785). The conciseness of the narrative here, which does not refer to the obsequies (unless in “᾿δάκ-” “ρυσα”), is Sophoclean: cp. Ant. 415 n. The welcome by ‘all the host’ (356) cannot be considered as a direct allusion to the funeral rites; cp. the reception of Teucer by the army ( Ai. 721 ff.).

᾿δάκρυσα: for the prodelision of the augment, cp. O. C. 1062ταχεῖ ᾿πόρευσαν”: Ant. 457 n.

οὐ μακρῷ χρόνῳ, after it: O. C. 1648χρόνῳ βραχεῖ στραφέντες”.

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