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Ὅμηρος κτλ. Il. 7. 321 f. νώτοισιν δ᾽ Αἴαντα διηνεκέεσσι γέραιρεν | ἥρως Ἀτρείδης. In Plato, Αἴαντα is omitted by q, and three other MSS: one MS places it before νώτοισιν, and four after ἔφη. The word may be a gloss; but as it is present in ΑΠΞ, in the same position as in Homer, it is safer to retain it. Plato often makes his Homeric quotations complete, even at the cost of a little awkwardness: cf. II 363 B. Aristophanes, it may be noted, has the converse of Plato's proposal in Eccl. 680. γε reminds us that Homer is not in other respects a persona grata in our city.
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