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ἡνίκ᾽ σεσώσμεθαοἰχόμεσθ᾽ ἅμα. Verses 83 and 85 are probably right as they stand, while v. 84 is spurious. The original form of the interpolation was, however, I think, “καὶ πίπτομεν σοῦ πατρὸς ἐξολωλότος”, intended to followοἰχόμεσθ᾽ ἅμα”, in order to supply the condition opposed to “κείνου βίον σώσαντος”. Then it struck a reviser that the passage would be more forcible if “καὶ πίπτομεν” were changed to “ πίπτομεν”, and v. 85 were omitted.

This view of the original text may be supported by a consideration which does not seem to have been noticed. The very circumstance which prompted the interpolation—viz., the absence of the condition for “οἰχόμεσθ᾽ ἅμα”—is an admirable dramatic touch. For, while Deianeira and her hearers would understand “ἅμα” as meaning, “ἅμα οἰχομένῳ”, her death is really to be linked with his victory.

For a similar piece of textual history, cp. Eur. Andr.6, where the true text is “νῦν δ̓, εἴτις ἄλλη, δυστυχεστάτη γυνή”: but there was another reading, which made two verses of it:—“νῦν δ᾽ οὔτις” (or “νῦν δὴ τίς”) “ἄλλη δυστυχεστέρα γυνὴ” | “ἐμοῦ πέφυκεν γενήσεταί ποτε”. Of the second v., the schol. there says, “οἱ ὑποκριταὶ τὸν ἴαμβον προσέθηκαν”. See Appendix.

The synizesis in οἰχόμεσθ̓ cannot be strictly paralleled: but cp. Ant.535τὸ μὴ εἰδέναι”. I had thought of κείμεσθ̓, which derives some support from the fact that “ κ” (sic) “οἰχόμεσθ̓” occurs as a variant (cr. n.): but “οἰχόμεσθ̓” is better, and is probably sound.

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