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ὡς αἰτίανἔχων, as being responsible for,=“ὡς αἴτιος ὤν”. So Aesch. Eum. 579 Apollo, defending the accused Orestes, says, “αἰτίαν δ᾽ ἔχω τῆς τοῦδε μητρὸς τοῦ φόνου”, I am responsible for (not, ‘am accused of’) the deed. In this sense of the phrase, “ἔχω παρέχω”: cp. Thuc. 2.41ἀγανάκτησιν ἔχει”, gives cause of resentment; id. 2. 61 “ἔχει αἴσθησιν”, makes itself felt. But in prose “αἰτίαν ἔχω” usu.=‘to bear the blame’ for a thing, i.e. to be held responsible for it: Her. 5.70εἶχον αἰτίην τοῦ φόνου τούτου”: Plat. Apol. 38 Cὄνομα ἕξετε καὶ αἰτίαν...ὡς Σωκράτη ἀπεκτόνατε.

τῶνδεμόρων, that of Haemon: κἀκείνων, that of Megareus (1303 f.). For the plur., cp. El. 205τοὺς ἐμὸς ἴδε πατὴρ θανάτους αἰκεῖς.

ἐπεσκήπτου, wast denounced. In Attic law “ἐπισκήπτομαί τινι” (midd.) meant, to take proceedings against a witness for perjury (“ψευδομαρτυριῶν”): Isae. or. 5 § 9 “πρὶν ἐπεξελθεῖν οἶς ἐπεσκήψατο τῶν μαρρύρων”. The rare pass. occurs in Plat. Legg. 937Bἐὰν δούλη ἐπισκηφθῇ τὰ ψευδῆ μαρτυρῆσαι”.

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    • Aeschylus, Eumenides, 579
    • Herodotus, Histories, 5.70
    • Plato, Laws, 937b
    • Plato, Apology, 38c
    • Sophocles, Electra, 205
    • Thucydides, Histories, 2.41
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