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[734, 735] Comp. Il. 7. 243, Αλλ᾽ οὐ γάρ σ᾽ ἐθέλω βαλέειν, τοιοῦτον ἐόντα, Λάθρη ὀπιπτεύσας, ἀλλ᾽ ἀμφαδόν, εἴ κε τύχοιμι. ‘Obvius adversoque’ 5. 498 note. ‘Obvius occurrit’ note on v. 552 above. The halfpun ‘furtofortibus’ is like that on “onus” and “honos” (Livy 22. 30, Ov. Her. 9. 31 &c.). Comp. Tibull. 1. 10. 2, “Quam ferus et vere ferreus ille fuit.” ‘Furto’ as 9. 350. ‘Melior’ seems to mean conquering, or as we should say, showing himself the better man, κρείσσων: though it may be intended to characterize him generally: comp. 11. 338 (of Drances), “Largus opum et lingua melior, sed frigida bello Dextera.

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