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[398] The corrections “ἐπάσω” or “τι πάσσαο” no doubt give the sense, but it is rather violent to suppose such a desperate corruption as “πτᾶσα” in M, especially when the scribe had no difficulty with “πάσσατ̓” 50 and “πάσασθαι 413. πτᾶσα” was first defended in the Class. Rev. March 1901, <“σύ γ̓”> being supplied to complete the line. The ellipse of the verb of the second protasis in a double condition is occasionally found: Il. 9.42 εἰ δέ τοι αὐτῷ θυμὸς ἐπέσσυται ὥς τε νέεσθαι, ἔρχεοεἰ δὲ καὶ αὐτοί, φευγόντων κτλ.” (Il. 9.262 εἰ δέ, σὺ μέν μευ ἄκουσον” is only similar in form). In later authors exx. are fairly common: Plat. Euthyd. 285C, Symp. 212 C. So “εἰ δ᾽ οὖνSoph. Ant.722.πτῆναι” is not Homeric, but “ἐξέπτη” occurs in Hes. Op.98, Batr.208 Batr., 211, “πτᾶσα” in “ηεροδ. π. διχρ”. 289. 24. The line thus gains in vividness: “but if so, you will have to fly back”; cf. Od. 11.208. If “ἰοῦσα” following “πτᾶσα” is awkward, it would be possible to read “ἐοῦς᾿”, as in 364Herod., 395.

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