μόνος θεῶν: whereas Lichas had represented Zeus as “πράκτωρ” of all (251). θέλξειεν, with irony; that gentle spell produced these exploits. Cp. 1142 “τοιῷδε φίλτρῳ.—αἰχμάσαι τάδε” (cogn. acc.), to do these warlike deeds. The verb has here a general sense, as in Aesch. Pers.756“ἔνδον αἰχμάζειν”, to play the warrior at home: cp. Soph. Ai.97.In Il.4. 324“αἰχμὰς δ᾽ αἰχμάσσουσι” means, ‘shall wield spears’: whence Ellendt understands here, ‘intorquere hoc excidium.’
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