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ἀστένακτος: cp: 1074.— εἴπερ εἶ κ.τ.λ.: cp. 1158.

μενῶ σ᾽ ἐγὼ κ.τ.λ., ‘I will await thee with my curse’; i.e., ‘my curse will be in store for thee,’ attending on thee thenceforth. (Not merely, ‘I will await thee in the nether world,’ to punish thee when thou comest <*>hither.) Cp. 1240θεῶν ἀρὰ” | “μενεῖ ς᾿”. So Ant.1075λοχῶσιν...Ἐρινύες.—ἀραῖος”, here, ‘bringing a curse’: cp. I. T. 778 “ σοῖς ἀραία δώμασιν γενήσομαι”. (But in O.T. 1291, ‘under a curse’).

εἰσαεὶ, because the power of the Erinyes over a mortal did not end with his life: it was their part, “ὁμαρτεῖν, ὄφρ᾽ ἂν” | “γᾶν ὑπέλθῃ: θανὼν δ᾽ οὐκ ἄγαν ἐλεύθερος”. ( Aesch. Eum.340.

βαρύς, as in O. T.546δυσμενῆ τε καὶ βαρύν”.

1203 The hiatus τί εἶπας is supported by the MSS. here, but appears as uncongenial to the poet's style as in Ph.917, “οἴμοι, τί εἶπας; Here, as there, τί μ᾽ εἶπας seems inadmissible. It could mean only, ‘What hast thou said of me?’ —and we can hardly justify this as meaning, ‘hast thou said that, if I refuse, I shall be no true son?’ The alternative is to insert δ̓: cp. O.C. 332 “τέκνον, τί δ᾽ ἦλθες; See Append. on Ph.100.

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    • Aeschylus, Eumenides, 340
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    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 546
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 100
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    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 1074
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 1158
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 1240
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