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πτωχῷ. The poet. tendency was often to treat adjectives with three terminations as if they had only two. Cp. the Homeric “πουλὺν ἐφ᾽ ὑγρήνIl. 10.27): “θῆλυς ἐέρσηOd. 5.467), “ἡδὺς ἀϋτμήOd. 12.369), “πικρὸν...ὀδμήνOd. 4.406): below, 1460 (cp. O. T. 384 n.): Tr. 207κοινὸς...κλαγγά”: so ib. 478πατρῷος”, and 533θυραῖος”: Eur. Bacch. 598δίου βροντᾶς”, 992ἴτω δίκα φανερός, ἴτω”: Helen 623 ποθεινὸς ἡμέρα”.

τηλικοῦτος is fem. only here and El. 614. The point of “τηλικοῦτος” is that her marriageable age is passing by in these perilous wanderings. There is a similar thought in Electra's complaint (El. 962). Cp. 1116, 1181.

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    • Sophocles, Electra, 962
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    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1460
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 384
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    • Homer, Iliad, 10.27
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