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[272] πόποι: the interjection which expressed sorrow 1.254, here expresses pleased surprise.

δή: verily before now, contrasted with “νῦν δέ” v. 274. For the paratactic form of expression, cf. v. 798; see § 3 n.

ἔοργεν: the perf. marks the character of Odysseus as shown in the past, while “ἔρεξεν” v. 274 refers to the single act; just as in Eng. “he has done etc., but he never did a better thing.”

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