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κἀπὶ: for “ καί” in a question, cp. O. T.368.

ἄσκοπον, ‘not to be looked for,’ i.e., here, longer than could possibly have been expected. Cp. El.864ἄσκοπος λώβα”: Ph.1111n.

ἡμερῶν goes with ἀνήριθμον, not with χρόνον: ‘without number of days,’=‘extending to countless days.’ Cp. Ai.601 f. “μηνῶν” | “ἀνήριθμος”: O. C.677 n.

The form “ἀνήριθμος” is of a frequent type. When the second part of a compound adj. has a disyllabic stem (usu. a verbal stem), beginning with a short vowel, this vowel may be lengthened. Such forms were oft. convenient in poetry (as “ἀνήροτος, εὐήνεμος, φιλήρετμος”), but many of them were equally current in good prose (as “ἀνήκεστος, ἀνήνυτος, ἀνηλεῶς, εὐώνυμος”). The restriction of “ἀνήριθμος” to classical poetry and late prose (as Athen. p. 253 F) is not due to 1ts form, but to the fact that classical prose preferred “ἀναρίθμητος”. Tragedy uses “ἀνάριθμος” (“α^”) where it suits the metre (as in El.225). In Theocr. 15. 45 “ἀνάριθμοι” (“α_”) is Doric for “ἀνήριθμοι”.


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