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[475] οὐκ ἄρ᾽ ἔμελλες. The negative attaches closely to ἀνάλκιδος, which is the emphatic word in the sentence. The words are equivalent to “οὐκ ἄρα ἄναλκις ἦν ἀνὴρ οὗ ἑταίρους ἔδμεναι ἔμελλες”, ‘He was no weakling whose comrades thou wast minded to eat.’ ἔμελλες refers back to v. 208, when the Cyclops first began his horrid butchery. ἄρα=‘as you see,’ introducing the illustration.

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