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1004-1043

This passage consists of lyrics delivered by actors (“ἀπὸ σκηνῆς”). As the Chorus takes no part in it, it is not technically a “κομμός”, which is a “θρῆνος κοινὸς χοροῦ καὶ ἀπὸ σκηνῆς”.

The lyric structure is complex, but not obscure. The passage falls into two main parts, separated by the five hexameters in 1018—1022 (“ παῖ τοῦδ᾽ ἀνδρὸς...νέμει Ζεύς”). I. The first part consists of 1004—1017, in which the first three verses correspond metrically with the last three. II. The second part consists of 1023—1043. (It is equal in length with the first part, though the traditional numbering makes it appear longer.) Here, the first four verses correspond with the last four. Then the central portion of part I. corresponds with the central portion of part II. Thus: (1) 1st strophe, 1004—1006,=1st antistr., 1015—1017. (2) 2nd str., 1007—1009,=2nd antistr., 1027—1030. (3) 3rd str., 1023—1026, =3rd antistr., 1040—1043. The dactyls in 1010—1014, and 1031—1040, could also be regarded as forming a fourth strophe and antistrophe.—For the metres see Metrical Analysis.


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