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[112] ἐπεί: introduces the explanation of “οὐκ ἔθελονwas not inclined; cf. v. 156.

βούλομαι: contains the idea of choice, preference (sc. “ ἄποινα δέχεσθαι”), which is here strengthened by the adv. “πολύ” (acc. of extent). cf. v. 117.

αὐτήν: the maiden herself, contrasted with the ransom. — To his accusation against Calchas, the king adds at once his own defence.

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