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ἀλλ᾽ ὅδε μὲνκ.τ.λ.”: i.e., ‘It is true that he would be unconscious of our flight: but I know that it would be useless to sail without him.’ The stately hexameters—in contrast with the lighter rhythms of the Chorus—suit the authoritative tone in which Neoptolemus declares the purport of the oracle. As vv. 844 ff. show, he speaks in a louder voice than the Chorus deem safe.

θήρανἔχομεν: cp. Ai. 564δυσμενῶν θήραν ἔχων”: O. T. 566ἀλλ᾽ οὐκ ἔρευναν τοῦ θανόντος ἔσχετε”;

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    • Sophocles, Ajax, 564
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