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τίς γάρ ποθ̓, the indignant exordium, is immediately followed by the relative clause concerning Iolè, having a causal force,—as we might say, ‘What! when she...’ etc. Cp. n. on O. C.263κἄμοιγε ποῦ ταῦτ᾽ ἐστίν; οἵτινες βάθρων κ.τ.λ.” Then, instead of “ταύτην” or “τήνδε”, as antecedent to , the speaker bitterly says, ταῦτ̓, ‘all this,’—the horrors which, for him, are embodied in Iolè. Cp. O. T.1492ἀλλ᾽ ἡνίκ᾽ ἂν δὴ πρὸς γάμων ἥκητ ἀκμάς”, | “τίς οὗτος ἔσται, τίς παραρρίψει, τέκνα”, | “τοιαῦτ᾽ ὀνείδη λαμβάνων; It would miserably enfeeble the passage to alter ταῦτ̓.

The ethic dat. μοι implies, ‘as I have seen.’

θανεῖν, without “τοῦ”: cp. Ant.1173αἴτιοι θανεῖν” (n.): μόνη μεταίτιος means that she alone shared the blame with Heracles (cp. 260 n.).

σοὶ δ̓ is more probable than σοί τ̓ here, where the antithesis is marked.

ὡς ἔχεις ἔχειν: Dem. or. 3 § 8ἐχόντων ὡς ἔχουσι Θηβαίων”: Soph. O. C.273ἱκόμην ἵν᾽ ἱκόμην”: O.T. 13<*> n.

ὅστις μὴνοσοῖ: the optat., on a<*> count of “ἕλοιτ᾽ ἄν”: the relative clause is equiv. in sense to a protasis, “εἰ μὴ νοσοῖ”: see on O. C.560.For the form “νοσοῖ” (instead of “νοσοίη”), Ph.895 n.

ἀλαστόρων: O. C.788 n. Such a marriage would imply that some “ἄτη” had deranged his mind ( Ant.622).

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