βίου … πέρασιν … καὶ καταστροφήν τινα, some ending of life,—some close to my course. βίου πέρασις is τὸ περᾶν τὸν βίον, a passing through life to its end, a concluding of it ( Eur. Andr. 101 “τὴν τελευταίαν...περάσας ἡμέραν”): καταστροφή adds the notion of a career which approaches its goal. Thuc. 2.42 (of those who had fallen in the war) “δοκεῖ δέ μοι δηλοῦν ἀνδρὸς ἀρετὴν πρώτη τε μηνύουσα καὶ τελευταία βεβαιοῦσα ἡ νῦν τῶνδε καταστροφή” (the closing scene of their lives). Polyb. 5. 54 “τὴν αὐτὴν ἐποιήσαντο τοῦ βίου καταστροφήν”. ὀμφὰς: see on 550.
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