τοῖς ἀρίστοις, implying that, in his case, the “αὐτόχειρ μίασμα” (172) is to make no difference. Cp. Ai. 1379, where Odysseus offers to join in funeral honours to Ajax (notwithstanding his offence), “μηδὲν ἐλλείπειν, ὅσον ι χρὴ τοῖς ἀριστοῖς ἀνδράσιν πονεῖν βροτούς.” ἔρχεται κάτω: the “χοαί” were supposed to pass through the earth, and to be drunk by the spirits of the dead: Aesch. Ch. 164“ἔχει μὲν ἤδη γαπότους χοὰς πατήρ”: cp. Od. 10.94, Eur. Hec. 535 ff. The dat., as O. T. 711 “χρησμὸς..ἦλθε Λαΐῳ”.
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