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ἀλλ᾽ ...; In this formula “” asks the question: “ἀλλά” marks surprise, as it so often marks remonstrance (‘nay, can it be so?’ or, ‘what, can that be true?’). The fact that “ἀλλ̓” is absent from L (see cr. n.) has led some editors to prefer the conjecture γάρ. But it may be observed:—(a) “ἀλλ᾽ ” was a comparatively unfamiliar phrase, and therefore the fact that the other MSS. have it is presumptive evidence of its genuineness. (b) The preceding πῶς εἶπας cannot be urged as an objection: cp. Eur. Alc. 58πῶς εἶπας; ἀλλ᾽ καὶ σοφὸς λέληθας ὤν”; Eur. Itis true, however, that such a preface to “ἀλλ᾽ ” is unusual: cp. Soph. El. 879: Aesch. Ch. 220: Eur. Alc. 816, Helen. 490, Heracl. 425, Hipp. 932, [Eur. ] Rhes. 36. —Remark that in O. C. 26, where “ἀλλὰ” and “” are separated, the peculiar force of “ἀλλ᾽ ” is not present.

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    • Aeschylus, Libation Bearers, 220
    • Euripides, Alcestis, 58
    • Euripides, Alcestis, 816
    • Euripides, Heraclidae, 425
    • Euripides, Hippolytus, 932
    • Sophocles, Electra, 879
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 26
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