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ὡς ὁρᾷς. I receive this slight and easy correction of εἰσορᾷς, holding that the latter does not admit of any sound defence. Various explanations of it have been attempted. (1) Seidler: εἰσορᾷς governs the gen. No one would now maintain this: the alleged instances are irrelevant ( Ar. Ran.815παρίδῃ” with a gen. absol.: M. 1. 1. 11 “οὐδεὶς δὲ τώποτε Σωκράτους οὐδὲν ἀσεβὲς...οὔτε πράττοντος εἶδεν”, etc., where the verb governs the acc., and the gen. is possessive). (2) Hermann: the constr. is, ὡς (‘since’), ἕρποντος ἐμοῦ, εἰσορᾷς (“τοῦτο, ἕρποντά με”). But “ὡς” must go with the gen. absol. (3) Nauck: ὡς ἕρποντος ἐμοῦ, (“οὕτως”) εἰσορᾷς (“ἐμὲ ἕρποντα”). But (a) this implies a harsh asyndeton (“δίδαξονεἰσορᾷς”): and (b) the constr. is not justified by Ai.281ὡς ὧδ᾽ ἐχόντων τῶνδ᾽ ἐπίστασθαί σε χρή” (cp. Ant.1179 n.). (4) Matthiae: there is a confusion between εἰσορᾷς ὡς ἕρποντος ἐμοῦ, and “ὡς” (since) “εἰσορᾷς ἕρποντα εμέ”. (5) Dindorf: εἰσορᾷς is parenthetic. This is the best plea: but it does not suit the idiom of tragedy. The parenthetic “ὁρᾷς” (interrogative) does not support it.

As regards ὡς ὁρᾷς, Blaydes well points out that a double ὡς occurs elsewhere: 1241 “τάχ̓, ὡς ἔοικας, ὡς νοσεῖς φράσεις”: Ant.735ὁρᾷς τάδ᾽ ὡς εἴρηκας ὡς ἄγαν νέος; El.1341ἤγγειλας, ὡς ἔοικεν, ὡς τεθνηκότα”: and cp. the double “ὥστε” in Ai.729.


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