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[503] Ζεῦ πάτερ: this address, put into the mouths of gods and men, marks his patriarchal, royal dignity; cf. vs. 534, 544, hominum sator atque deorum Verg. Aen. xi. 725, divum pater atque hominum rex ib. i. 65.

εἴ ποτε: cf. v. 394.

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