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[167] κτεῖναι: obj. of “ἀλέεινε”. cf. 266, “ἀλεξέμεναι ἀλέεινεν Ν” 356.

σεβάσσατο κτλ.: i.e. his conscience would not allow Proetus to kill his guest with his own hand (cf. 179 ff.), but he did not shrink from asking his father-in-law to do the deed. Similarly, David would not kill Uriah himself, but put him where he would be slain by the enemy. — For the expression, cf. 417.

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