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ἀπεικάσαι: cp. Eur. Or.1298Ἑλένης τὸ κώκυμ᾽ ἐστίν, ὡς ἀπεικάσαι”. These are isolated examples of “ἀπεικάζω” so used: for in Soph. O. C.16(where see n.) we must read “ὡς σάφ᾽ εἰκάσαι”. Elsewhere “ἀπεικάζειν τι” is ‘to express the likeness of a thing,’ either in art, or (as in Soph. fr. 154. 2) by a comparison. Hence Herm. wished to read here the usual word “ἐπεικάσαι” (cp. 1220). He dismissed the example in the Orestes by saying that there “ὡς ἀπεικάσαι” means, ‘to compare the voice heard with Helen's voice’: but that is obviously a forced explanation. “ἐπεικάζω” is <*> to ‘enter upon’ conjecture, “ἐπί” giving the notion of advance, as in “ἐπινοῶ”: <*> “ἀπεικάζω”, when used as here, is rath<*> throw off,’ or ‘hazard,’ a guess,—“ἀπ<*>” <*>ing used as in “ἀποκινδυνεύω”.

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    • Euripides, Orestes, 1298
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