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βαρείας, ‘grievous,’ the epithet of the malady itself, as 1330 “νόσου βαρείας”. Not ‘fetid’ (like “gravis...hircus,Hor. Ep. 12. 5),—a sense in which “βαρύς” occurs only when it is the epithet of “ὀσμή, ἀτμίς” ( Hist. An. 9. 5), etc.

νοσηλείας (subst. from “νοσηλός”, ‘morbid,’) here=the matter discharged from the ulcer in the foot; cp. 824. Isocr. uses “νοσηλεύω” as=‘to tend the sick,’ and Plut. has “νοσηλεία” as either (i) ‘sickness,’ or (ii) ‘nursing of the sick.’

πλέα, tainted, stained with: cp. Xen. Cyr. 1. 3. 5(“ χεὶρ”) “πλέα σοι ἀπ᾽ αὐτῶν ἐγένετο”, has been defiled by those things: so “πλήρεις”, Soph. Ant. 1017.

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    • Sophocles, Antigone, 1017
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 824
    • Xenophon, Cyropaedia, 1.3.5
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