cf. 5.890.ἔχθιστος: most hateful; for its formation, see § 22 b. διοτρεφέων: the royal power had its source in Zeus, the patron god of princes; cf. “διογενές” v. 337, “Β 173, λαῶν ἐσσὶ ἄναξ καί τοι Ζεὺς ἐγγυάλιξεν ι σκῆπτρόν τ̓ ἠδὲ θέμιστας Ι” 98 f., “ἐκ δὲ Διὸς βασιλῆες” Hes. Theog. 96. Kings are called “θεράποντες Διός” (Od. 11.255) as warriors are “θεράποντες Ἄρηος” (2.110). Reverence for royal blood is expressed in “δεινὸν” (a dreadful thing) “δὲ γένος βασιλήιόν ἐστιν ι κτείνειν π” 401. 177 = 5.891. φίλη: the pred. adj. regularly agrees with the preceding noun, and the rest of the verse is in a sort of appos. with “ἔρις”. — “πόλεμοί τε κτλ”.: in his anger, the king counts these the result of mere “ἔρις”.
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