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τίς γάρ: for “γάρ” in question, cp. Ph. 161, Ph. 327, Ph. 651.

προσέπτατο, as if winged to its aim by the god; Aesch. P. V. 644(the heaven-sent trouble) “ὅθεν μοι σχετλίᾳ προσέπτατο”: Eur. Alc. 420κοὐκ ἄφνω κακὸν τόδε προσέπτατ̓”.

From the Homeric “ἔπτατο” ( Il. 13. 592, etc.) Tragedy borrows this non-thematic aor. (of which the active form would be “ἔπτην”): cp. 693. The aor. of “πέτομαι” in Attic Comedy and prose is usu. “ἐπτόμην” (see Veitch, Irreg. Verbs, 2nd ed., p. 530): and of this we have the inf. “πτέσθαι” in O. T. 17,—again in accord with Homeric precedent ( Il. 4. 126ἐπιπτέσθαι”).

τύχας depends on δήλωσον. The change to τύχαις, dependent on ξυναλγοῦσιν (cr. n.), is not only groundless, but injures the rhythm of the verse.


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