ἡμᾶς μὲν: cp. 965. These words show the speaker's bitter sense that, while he is not inferior to his enemy in point of birth, he has been superior to him in such deeds as become an “ἐλεύθερος”. It was Odysseus, not Philoctetes, who had gone to Troy, only ‘when brought under the yoke’ (1025).
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