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ἀελίου, Dor. for the epic “ἠελίου”, with “α_” as usu. (808, O. C. 1245), though it is sometimes used with ă, as Tr. 835, Eur. Med. 1252.

τὸ κάλλιστον ...φάος. Two constructions are possible; I prefer the first. (1) “Θήβᾳ φανὲν τὸ κάλλιστον φάος”, the art. going with the superlative, which it emphasises,—‘the very fairest,’—a common use, as Hipp. 289B “οὐχ καλλίστη παρθένος αἰσχρὰ φανεῖται”; Od. 17.415οὐ μέν μοι δοκέεις κάκιστος Ἀχαιῶν”. (2) “τὸ Θήβᾳ φανὲν κάλλιστον φάος”, the art. going with “φανέν”. This seems awkward. When a voc. is followed by a noun or partic. with art., this is normally in direct agreement with the voc., as “ ἄνδρες...οἱ παρόντες” (Plat. Prot. 337C), as if here we had “ φανεῖσα”. The Schol., who prefers this constr., shirks the difficulty by his paraphrase, “ τῆς ἀκτῖνος τοῦ ἡλίου φῶς, τὸ φανὲν κ.τ.λ.

ἑπταπύλῳ: epithet of “Θήβη” in Od. 11.263, Hes. Op. 161, as “ἑκατόμπυλοι” in Il. 9.383 of “Θῆβαι Αἰγύπτιαι.

τῶν προτέρων: cp. 1212f.: Thuc. 1.10στρατείαν...μεγίστην...τῶν πρὸ αὐτῆς”. Tacitus Hist. 1. 50solus omnium ante se principum.

Adam, the goodliest man of men since born, | His sons, the fairest of her daughters Eve.

Milton P. L. 4. 322
Goethe Hermann und Dorothea 5. 101 “Von ihren Schwestern die beste.”

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    • Euripides, Hippolytus, 289
    • Euripides, Medea, 1252
    • Hesiod, Works and Days, 161
    • Homer, Odyssey, 11.263
    • Homer, Odyssey, 17.415
    • Plato, Protagoras, 337c
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 1212
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1245
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 835
    • Thucydides, Histories, 1.10
    • Homer, Iliad, 9.383
    • Tacitus, Historiae, 1.50
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