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ὥσπερ εἶχ᾽: cp. 1108.— ἐπενταθείς, lit., ‘stretched,’ or ‘strained,’ against the sword: i.e., pressing his right side against the point of the sword, which at the same time he drove home with his right hand.

πλευραῖς, used as though “ἤρεισε” were “ἐπήρεισε”: cp. Pind. P. 10. 51ἄγκυραν ἔρεισον χθονί”. For the verb cp. Eur. Andr. 844 (“ξίφος”) “ἀπόδος,...ἵν᾽ ἀνταίαν ἐρείσω πλαγάν.

μέσσον, predicative, denoting the point up to which he drove it in: Ai. 899κεῖται κρυφαίῳ φασγάνῳ περιπτυχής.

ἔγχος = ξίφος: Ai. 95, 658, etc.

ἐς δ᾽ ὑγρὸν ἀγκῶν᾽, since “π. προσπτύσσεται παρθένον λαμβάνει”: cp. the beautiful lines in Eur. Phoen. 1439 (the dying Eteocles): “ἤκουσε μητρός, κἀπιθεὶς ὑγρὰν χέρα φωνὴν μὲν οὐκ ἀφῆκεν, ὀμμάτων δ᾽ ἄπο προσεῖπε δακρύοις”.

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