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non. Cf. 447 n. Where non is thus used in place of the more ordinary ne, it will be found that it brings out some force of contrast in particular words. Here the emphasis is on Aiacis, the thought being the same as in 140-1. Cf. Ars. Amat. III. 129 (in praise of simplicity), “vos quoque non caris aures onerate lapillis”, ib. 133, “munditiis capimur. non sint sine lege capilli”, Ex Ponto I. ii. 105-108. “non petito ut bene sit, sed uti male tutius, utque exilium saevo distet ab hoste meum: quamque dedere mihi praesentia numina vitam, non adimat stricto squalidus ense Getes.” Cf. also Hor. Sat.II. v. 90, “difficilem et morosum offendit garrulus ultro. non etiam sileas”, Virg. Aen.XII. 78-9, “non Teucros agat in Rutulos; Teucrum arma quiescant, et Rutuli: nostro dirimamus sanguine bellum”. So in Greek “οὐ” is used in the protasis of a conditional sentence where a single word is to be negatived. See G., Moods and Tenses, § 47 Note, and cf. Soph. Aj. 1131,εἰ τοὺς θανόντας οὐκ ἐᾷς ῾σξ. “κωλύεις”) θάπτειν” with ib. 1184,κἂν μηδεὶς ἐᾷ”.

nec sanguinis . . . quaeratur, ‘let your inquisition be not of lineage, but of renown.’ For quaerere in the sense of ‘to inquire into,’ cf. IV. 766, “cultusque genusque locorum quaerit Lyncides moresque animumque virorum”, Virg. Aen.VI. 868, “ingentem luctum ne quaere tuorum”.

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