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προθήσειν governs “πένθος”: στένειν is epexeg. (for them to mourn): cp. 216 n. She will ‘set the grief before

them’ by making a lament, after which her handmaids, sitting around her, will wail in chorus. Il. 24.746 (Andromache has bewailed Hector,) “ὡς ἔφατο κλαίουσ᾽: ἐπὶ δὲ στενάχοντο γυναῖκες. τῇσιν δ᾽ αὖθ᾽ Ἑκάβη ἀδινοῦ ἐξῆρχε γόοιο”.

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