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πλήρεις (“εἰσίν”) are defiled, ὑπ᾽ οἰων. κ. κυνῶν, by birds and dogs, βορᾶς τοῦ...Οἰδ. γόνου, with their food, (torn) from the son of Oed. This sense of “πλήρης” belongs also to “πλέως” and “μεστός”, but esp. to “ἀνάπλεως”, as to “ἀναπίμπλημι”. The fig. sense of “πλήρεις” might here allow us to take “ὑπό” with “βορᾶς”, but it goes more naturally with the agents. For the gen. γόνου, describing the source or material of the “βορά”, cp. Aesch. Ag. 1220κρεῶν...οἰκείας βορᾶς”, food supplied by their own flesh (“οἰκείας” instead of “οἰκείων”: cp. above, 793). δυσμόρου, adverbially with πεπτῶτος, instead of “δυσμόρως”: cp. 823λυγροτάταν ὀλέσθαι”, n. —Two other constructions are possible. (1) τοῦγόνου in appos. with βορᾶς: ‘their food,—viz., the son’: cp. 1040βορὰν φέρειν νιν”. But this seems forced, when the reference is to dispersed morsels of his flesh. (2) τοῦγόνου as gen. absol., ‘as,’ or ‘since,’ he has fallen. Such a gen, absol., however, ought here to express, not, ‘as he has fallen,’ but, ‘as he has been left unburied.’

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    • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 1220
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