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ἐγώ εἰμ̓. This synizesis is extremely rare, though that of “ω” and “ου” is less so ( O. T. 332ἐγὼ οὔτ̓”, n.). Indeed there is no other certain instance in Tragedy; for in Soph. El. 1332οὐδ᾽ ἐγὼ εἰς σὸν βλέφαρον πελάσω” ought not to be compared. There “οὐδ᾽ ἐγὼ” is a dactyl, by epic hiatus, as in Il. 1. 29τὴν δ᾽ ἐγὼ οὐ λύσω”. In Comedy we have Vesp. 1224 “ἐγὼ εἴσομαι”, where Burges reads “ταχ᾽ εἴσομαι.

φίλος μέγιστος: cp. Ai. 1331φίλον σ᾽ ἐγὼ μέγιστον Ἀργείων νέμω”.


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    • Homer, Iliad, 1.29
    • Sophocles, Ajax, 1331
    • Sophocles, Electra, 1332
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 332
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