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[686] ἐν πόλει κτλ.: “though in a foreign land,” “far from home.” The contrast is in 687.

οὐκ ἄρα κτλ.: I was not fated, as I see. Cf.οὐδ᾽ ἄῤ ἔμελλον πείσειν Χ” 356, Achilles's words “αὐτίκα τεθναίην, ἐπεὶ οὐκ ἄρ᾽ ἔμελλον ἑταίρῳ ἐπαμῦναι Σ” 98 f., “τὰ φρονέοντ᾽ ἀνὰ θυμὸν ῤ̔ οὐ τελέεσθαι ἔμελλον Β” 36.

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