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[123] “πῶς κτλ”.: the question implies the absurdity of the proposition, cf. 4.26 where Hera asks Zeus “πῶς ἐθέλεις ἅλιον” (fruitless) “θεῖναι πόνον ἠδ̓ ἀτέλεστον;

γάρ: introduces the explanation of some gesture of surprise or vexation; its force may often be given by the excl. ‘what.’

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