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πρὶνπροσαύσῃ. Attic, like epic, poetry can use simple “πρίν”, instead of “πρὶν ἄν” (308), with subjunct.: so Ai. 965 (see last n.), Ph. 917, Tr. 608, 946, etc.

προσαύσῃ (only here), ‘burn against.’ The simple verb occurs Od. 5.490ἵνα μή ποθεν ἄλλοθεν αὔοι” (sc.πῦρ”), ‘kindle.’ Attic had “ἐναύω”, ‘kindle,’ and “ἀφαύω”, ‘parch.’ The image here seems to be that of a man who walks, in fancied security, over ashes under which fire still smoulders (cp. Lucr. 4. 927cinere ut multo latet obrutus ignis”, Hor. c. 2. 1. 7incedis per ignes Suppositos cineri doloso”). There was a prov., “ἐν πυρὶ βέβηκας” (Suidas, etc.).

πόδα: cp. Aesch. Ch. 697ἔξω κομίζων ὀλεθρίου πηλοῦ πόδα”: Aesch. P. V. 263πημάτων ἔξω πόδα ἔχει” (and so Soph. Ph. 1260ἐκτὸς κλαυμάτων”, Eur. Her. 109ἔξω πραγμάτων”).—Some render προσαύσῃ ‘bring to,’ assuming an “αὔω” equiv. in sense to “αἴρω”: but the evidence for this is doubtful: see Appendix.

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    • Aeschylus, Libation Bearers, 697
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    • Euripides, Heracles, 109
    • Homer, Odyssey, 5.490
    • Sophocles, Ajax, 965
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 1260
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 917
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 608
    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 4.927
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