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ἀκηδήσοι: fut. opt. in orat. obliqua; the direct form of the threat would be (“κλαύσει”) “εἰ ἀκηδήσεις” (or “ἐὰν ἀκηδήσῃς”). Cp. Ph. 374ἤρασσον κακοῖς τοῖς πᾶσιν... εἰ τἀμὰ κεῖνος ὅπλ᾽ ἀφαιρήσοιτό με”: he said (“ὄλοιο”), “εἰ ἀφαιρήσει”. Ai. 312δείν᾽ ἐπηπείλησ᾽ ἔπη, εἰ μὴ φανοίην” (he said, “εἰ μὴ φανεῖς”). “ἀκηδέω” had been used by Hom. Il. 14.427, 23. 70, Aesch. PV 508, and recurs in later poetry. The MS. ἀφειδήσοι cannot be defended as=‘play the prodigal with,’ i.e. ‘be careless of.’ “ἀφειδεῖν πόνου” could mean only to be unsparing of labour. In Thuc. 4.26ἀφειδὴς κατάπλους καθειστήκει” is explained by the next words, “ἐπώκελλον γὰρ τὰ πλοῖα τετιμημένα χρημάτων”: they were ‘unsparing’ of their boats, since a value had been set on the latter. Bonitz, to whom “ἀκηδήσοι” is due, refers to Apoll. Rhod. 2. 98 “οὐδ᾽ ἄρα Βέβρυκες ἄνδρες ἀφείδησαν βασιλῆος”, where Choeroboscus has preserved the true “ἀκήδησαν”. In the schol. on Ai. 204φειδόμενοι” occurs by error for “κηδόμενοι”.

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    • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 508
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    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 374
    • Thucydides, Histories, 4.26
    • Homer, Iliad, 14.427
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