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παντὸςδρῶντος. (1) Usu. explained:—“"when he had content of all service,"i.e. when his daughters had done for him all that he wished. Then “πᾶν δρῶν” will be “"every activity"” of attendants: cp. the Homeric “δρηστῆρες, δρήστειραι”, of servants, Od. 10.349 etc. (2) A better view is: “"when of doing all he had content"” (as Whitelaw), when “πᾶν δρῶν” is his own activity. Cp. “τὸ βουλόμενον τῆς γνώμης” and similar phrases (see on 267): also Thuc. 1.142ἐν τῷ μὴ μελετῶντι”, “"in the absence of practice."” As to Tr. 196τὸ γὰρ ποθοῦν ἕκαστος ἐκμαθεῖν θέλων”,—where “τὸ ποθοῦν” used to be explained as “"the desire within him,"”—it is now generally held to be corrupt (E. Thomas conjectures “τὰ γὰρ ποθείν̓”). But the absence of the art. makes “πᾶν δρῶν” a bolder expression than any of these; nor can the adverbial “ἐν ἀμείβοντι”, “"alternately,"” (Pind. N. 11. 42) be properly compared. I suspect, then, that the text is corrupt. To Mekler's conjecture (see cr. n.) the obstacle is ἔδρων instead of “ἔδρασαν”. The obvious ἔρωτος (“"desire"”) should not be too lightly rejected: cp. 436.

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    • Homer, Odyssey, 10.349
    • Pindar, Nemean, 11
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 436
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 196
    • Thucydides, Histories, 1.142
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