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Λυδία (sc.γυνή”)=“ Λυδή” (70), Omphalè. The adj. “Λύδιος” (frequent in poetry) is used by Soph. in fr. 728 “Λυδία λίθος”. And as in fr. 49 he has “Λυδῆς” (for “Λυδίας”) “κερκίδος”, so here he admits the converse licence. Bothe and others take Λυδία as ‘Lydia,’—a bold equiv. for “τἀφὶ Λυδοῖς λατρεύματα” (356). This is tenable, but seems less natural.— τῆσδ᾽ ἔρως φανείς, the love for her, as it was manifested,—“φανείς” implying that this manifestation was sudden and violent,—like a fire blazing forth: cp. Aesch. Pers.353ἦρξεν μέν, δέσποινα, τοῦ παντὸς κακοῦ” | “φανεὶς ἀλάστωρ κακὸς δαίμων ποθέν”.—For this third clause, reiterating the sense of the first (ὡς ταύτης πόθῳ κ.τ.λ.), see on Soph. Ant.465—468.

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