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τί χρή, “κ.τ.λ.” In order to obtain an exact metrical agreement with 960, “χωρεῖν πρὸ δόμων λέγουσιν, θανόντα” has been changed (1) by Hermann, to φθίμενον: (2) by Bothe, to θάνατον. The latter seems preferable; for, though “κατὰ” suits “ὕπνον” better than “θάνατον”, that turn of phrase may be regarded as an afterthought. ‘Death, is it,—or sleep?’ But I refrain from altering θανόντα, because it is doubtful whether metre requires that the dactyl should hold the same place here as in 960: see Metrical Analysis.

A comma should follow χρή, since the constr. is, τί χρή (“κρῖναι”); (“πότερον”) θανόντα νιν etc., as in El.766τί ταῦτα, πότερον εὐτυχῆ λέγω” etc.


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