χηρωσταί: i.e. distant relatives, kinsmen, who had to care for the bereaved widow (“χήρη”). Almost equiv. to strangers. Cf. “οἴκτιρε δ᾽ , ὦναξ, παῖδα τὸν σόν, εἰ νέαςι τροφῆς στερηθεὶς σοῦ διοίσεται μόνοςι ὑπ̓ ὀρφανιστῶν μὴ φίλων” Soph. Ajax 510 ff.διά: adv., const. with “δατέοντο”.
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