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[167] αὐτός: himself. Zeus will not entrust to others the punishment for such base treachery. cf. the ‘prayer of St. Chrysostom,’ “αὐτὸς καὶ νῦν” (thyself now also) “τῶν δούλων σου τὰ αἰτήματα πρὸς τὸ συμφέρον πλήρωσον”.

ἐπισσείῃσιν (“ἐπι-σείω”): for the mode, cf. “ὀλώλῃ” 164. For “σς”, see §§ 12 b, 41 j a fin.σείω” is to “σεύω”, as “πλείω” to “πλέω” or “πλεύω.

ἐρεμνήν (“ἔρεβος”): gloomy, dark, as causing fear and destruction. cf. “φθισίμβροτον αἰγίδα λ” 297. The aegis was prob. a symbol of the thunder cloud.

αἰγίδα: cf. 5.738 ff., 2.447.

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