κοὔπω: “καί” here=‘and nevertheless’; cp. Ant.332 n. ἄκοιτις ἡ Διὸς (for the place of the art., cp. 732), since the “ἀργαλέος χόλος Ἥρης” ( Il.18. 119) was the prime source of all his troubles. Hera caused Eurystheus to be born at Argos a little before the birth of Heracles at Thebes ( Il.19. 114 ff.), and afterwards gave the hero into his power. But she also persecuted Heracles directly, as when she sent the serpents to his cradle ( Pind. N.1. 40), or drove him by storms to Cos ( Il.14. 253 ff.). προὔθηκεν, of setting a task: Ant.216 n. Εὐρυσθεὺς is not elsewhere named in the play: cp. 35.
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