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τὰς φρένας γ᾽. Recent edd. have usually scorned the simple insertion of γε, by which Triclinius healed the metre. But it should be noticed that “γε” may emphasise “τὰς φρένας ἐκβάλης”, and not merely “τὰς φρένας”: cp. 747: O.C. 1278 “τοῦ θεοῦ γε προστάτην”, where “γε” emphasises the whole phrase, not merely the word “θεοῦ”. The deprecatory force of “γε”, as seen in “μὴ σύ γε” (O. C. 1441 n.), also recommends it, even when we have not “σύ”. Cp. Eur. Hipp. 503καὶ μή γε πρὸς θεῶν, εὖ λέγεις γάρ, αἰσχρὰ δέ, πέρα προβῇς τῶνδ᾽”. Without, then, thinking φρένας γ᾽ certain, I think it far more probable than the next best remedy, φρένας σύ γ᾽ ἡδονῇ. As to a third conjecture, “σύ γ᾽ ἡδονῆς”, the phrase “οὕνεκα ἡδονῆς γυναικός” (pleasure in her) would be very awkward. Some strange emendations have been proposed: see Appendix.

φρέναςἐκβάλῃς, cast off the restraint of reason, as O. T. 611φίλον... ἐσθλὸν ἐκβαλεῖν”, O. C. 631εὐμένειαν ἐκβάλοι” (reject friendship). The first idea is that of casting out of house or land, banishing. Somewhat similar is Plat. Crito 46Bτοὺς δὲ λόγους, οὓς ἐν τῷ ἔμπροσθεν ἔλεγον, οὐ δύναμαι νῦν ἐκβαλεῖν” (reject). Cp. 683.

ὑφ᾽ ἡδονῆς: Ai. 382 που πολὺν γέλωθ᾽ ὑφ᾽ ἡδονῆς ἄγεις”. Here the word denotes sensuous impulse: cp. Eur. Phoen. 21ἡδονῇ δούς”: Thuc. 3.38ἀκοῆς ἡδονῇ ἡσσώμενοι”.

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    • Euripides, Hippolytus, 503
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    • Plato, Crito, 46b
    • Sophocles, Ajax, 382
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 683
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 747
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1441
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 631
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 611
    • Thucydides, Histories, 3.38
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