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τῆσδ᾽ ἄτερ explains μόνῃ: cp. on 445.

βιώσιμον is Ionic and poet.; the Attic word was “βιωτός”. It is needless to change τί (subst.) into “πῶς”. The more usual phrase was, indeed, impers., as Her. 1.45οὐδέ οἱ εἴη βιώσιμον”: Plat. Crito 47Dἆρα βιωτὸν ἡμῖν ἐστί”; But, just as we can have “ βίος οὐ βιωτός ἐστι” (cp. O. C. 1691), so also “οὐδὲν βιωτόν ἐστι”, no form of life is tolerable. Cp. O. T. 1337τί δῆτ᾽ ἐμοὶ βλεπτόν, στερκτόν, προσήγορον ἔτ᾽ ἔστ᾽”, etc., where the only difference is that the subst. “τί” corresponds to an object. accus., and not as here to a cognate (“βίον βιῶναι”).

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 1.45
    • Plato, Crito, 47d
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1691
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1337
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