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ὧνπερ ἄρχεις αρχε, as Agamemnon says to Achilles, “Μυρμιδόνεσσιν ἄνασσε” ( Il. 1. 180), and Achilles to him, “ἄλλοισιν δὴ ταῦτ᾽ ἐπιτέλλεο, μὴ γὰρ ἐμοί γε”. Cp. Aesch. Eum. 574ἄναξ Ἄπολλον, ὧν ἔχεις αὐτὸς κράτει.

τὰ σέμν᾽ ἔπη κόλαζ̓ ἐκείνους: “ἔπη” is a bold cognate acc.; cp. 1096: O. T. 339ἔπη κλύων, νῦν” “σὺ τήνδ᾽ ἀτιμάζεις πόλιν”: Aesch. Eum. 230δίκας μέτειμι τόνδε φῶτα”.

εἴτε μὴ σὺ φής, εἴθ᾽ ἅτερος στρ.= “εἴτε σὺ μὴ φής, εἴτ᾽ Ἀγαμέμνων μή φησιν”, whether the veto is thine or his. For “φημί” as=‘to command’ (a rare use), see Pind. N. 3. 28Αἰακῷ σε φαμὶ γένει τε Μοῖσαν φέρειν”. Here the “μή”, despite its place, belongs in sense to the inf. (“θεῖναι εἰς ταφὰς”) understood. (“οὔ φημι θεῖναι” could mean only, nego te sepulturum: this might be referred to the assertion of Menelaüs in 1062 f.; but it would be forced.)

εἰς ταφὰς θήσω, I will give him due funeral rites: see on 1090.

στόμα: cp. 1147: Ant. 997ὡς ἐγὼ τὸ σὸν φρίσσω στόμα”.

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