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κακὰς δὲ τόλμας. She wishes to assure them that she intends no harm to Heracles, and has no reason to fear evil. The results of so-called ‘lovecharms’ were often disastrous. Antiphon's first oration is against a woman charged with the wilful murder of her husband by causing a love-potion to be administered to him: she pleaded, “οὐκ ἐπὶ θανάτῳ...διδόναι, ἀλλ᾽ ἐπὶ φίλτροις” (§ 9). Magn. Mor. 1. 16 (p. 1188 b 31) notices a case in which a woman was tried under like circumstances by the Areiopagus, but acquitted, because there was no proof of “πρόνοια”. Plut. Mor.139A compares lovers won by such means to fish captured by baits which spoil them; “αἱ φίλτρα τινὰ καὶ γοητείας ἐπιτεχνώμεναι τοῖς ἀνδράσι, καὶ χειρούμεναι διὰ ἡδονῆς αὐτούς, ἐμπλήκτοις καὶ ἀνοήτοις καὶ διεφθαρμένοις συμβιοῦσι”. Alciphron 1. 37 “ἀμφιβάλλειν” (to have dubious effects) “εἴωθε τὰ φίλτρα, καὶ ἀποσκήπτειν εἰς ὄλεθρον”.

μήτ᾽ ἐπισταίμην …, μήτ᾽ ἐκμάθοιμι: an emphatic way of protesting how utterly foreign such thoughts are to her nature: —‘may I never be capable of them (543 n.), or be led to learn anything about them.’

στυγῶ: for the indic. coordinated with the opt., cp. 143 n.

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