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ἄγλωσσος profits by the suggestion of “γῆ” in the adjective Ἑλλὰς ( Ph.256Ἑλλάδος γῆς”). The “βάρβαρος” has no ‘language’ properly so called: to the ear of the Hellene, he merely twitters like a bird (n. on Ant.1002). Cp. Pind. I.6. 24οὐκ ἔστιν οὕτω βάρβαρος οὔτε παλίγγλωσσος πόλις”, ‘barbarous or strange of speech.’

οὔθ᾽ ὅσην: the division of mankind into Greeks and barbarians is exhaustive; but the range of earth traversed by Heracles extended beyond the dwellings of men (cp. 1100ἐπ᾽ ἐσχάτοις τόποις”). It seems unnecessary, then, to regard this third clause as merely a rhetorical summary of the other two.

γαῖαν: antecedent attracted into relative clause: O. C.907 n.

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