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ταύτης δεινὸς ἵμερος: the article is explained by the preceding verse:—‘It is as he says: she inspired that strong passion (of which he has spoken, 431 f.).’ This is a compressed way of making two admissions,—‘love was the real motive, and she was the object of that love.’—Some commentators hold that δεινὸς here means simply, ‘very’ (or ‘most’) ‘potent.’ The evidence for this supposed use of the article is examined in the Appendix.

ποθ̓: referring to a time before the death of Iphitus: cp. 359.

διῆλθε: cp. Aesch. Suppl.288κἀμὲ γὰρ διῆλθέ τι” (‘a pang shot through my heart also’).— τῆσδ̓ after ταύτης: Soph. Ant.296 n.

πολύφθορος: the adj., though proleptic, takes the art.: cp. O. C.1088τὸν εὔαγρον τελειῶσαι λόχον” (n.).

πατρῷος: a somewhat rare fem., used either (1) for metre's sake, as here, and Eur. Suppl.1146δίκα” | “πατρῷος”: or (2) for euphony, as Aesch. Ag.210πατρῴους χέρας”, Eur. Her.810τιμὰς πατρῴους”. Cp. 533: O. C.751 n.

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    • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 210
    • Aeschylus, Suppliant Maidens, 288
    • Euripides, Heracles, 810
    • Euripides, Suppliants, 1146
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 296
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1088
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 751
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 359
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 533
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