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ψόφουστραφείην: the gen. is properly causal, ‘turn for it,’ and is joined (here only) with the simple verb, as it is regularly joined with “ἐντρέπομαι” (90), “ἐπιστρέφομαι” ( Ph. 599), and in Eur. Hipp. 1224 ff. with the act. “μεταστρέφειν”: (“πῶλοι”) “οὔτε ναυκλήρου χερὸς οὔθ᾽ ἱπποδέσμων οὔτε κολλητῶν ὄχων μεταστρέφουσαι”.

ἕως: cp. Phaedr. 243 E “ἕωσπερ ἂν ᾖς ὃς εἶ”. This is a certain correction of the traditional reading ὡς, as it is also in Ph. 1330ἕως ἂν αὑτὸς ἥλιος ταύτῃ μὲν αἴρῃ” etc., and in O. C. 1361ἔωσπερ ἂν ζῶ”. [Hermann explained ὡς ἂν ᾖς as utcunque sis qualis es, ‘however much you may be what you are,’ i.e., quantumlibet ferocias. Prof. Campbell understands, ‘However you may be—just what you are,’ “οἷοσπερ εἶ” being said, “παρὰ προσδοκίαν”, instead of “βασιλεύς” or the like.]

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    • Euripides, Hippolytus, 1224
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