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εἰς ταφὰς πέσῃς, come to need funeral rites: “πέσῃς” is used, with grim irony, as in such phrases as “εἰς ἀνάγκας πίπτειν” ( Thuc. 3. 82§ 2). “ταφὰς” has its ordinary sense, ‘rites of sepulture,’ as it has also in v. 1109; it does not stand for “τάφους”. Herodotus, indeed, uses “ταφαί” as=“τάφοι”, and employs the plural in that sense even with ref. to a single tomb ( Her. 5. 63).


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