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οὐδὲ τὸν πάροςοὐδὲ νῦν. The double οὐδὲ here must not be confused with a double οὔτε: this is not a case of parataxis,—‘as my first story was worth hearing, so will this one be.’ The first “οὐδὲ”=‘not even,’ and the second, ‘no, nor...’: cp. O. C.1402τοιοῦτον οἷον οὐδὲ φωνῆσαί τινι” | “ἔξεσθ᾽ ἑταίρων, οὐδ᾽ ἀποστρέψαι πάλιν.—τὸν πάρος μῦθον”: vv. 180—199.

μάτην: not “ψευδῶς”, as the schol. explains (a sense which must refer to the speaker, not to the hearer), but simply, ‘in vain.’ His promise of good news proved true.

δοκῶ, sc.μάτην σε ἀκούσεσθαι”.


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