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φθέγμ᾽ ἂν οὐκ ἂν ηὗρες. Against reading “ἐνηῦρες”, it should be noted that “ἐνευρίσκω” is post-classical, unless Dobree was right in conjecturing “ἐνηύρηκεν” (for “ἀνηύρηκεν”) in Ar. Ach. 1037.On the other hand, the sarcastic force of the doubled ἄν is in place here. The dat. is possessive: i.e. instead of the simple “ οὐκ ἂν ἦν φθέγμα”, we have “ οὐκ ἂν ηὗρες φθέγμα”, in the sense, ‘you would have found that he had not a word at his command.’ The emendation “ φθέγμ᾽ ὂν οὐκ ἂν ηὗρες” would make this clearer, but seems needless: it is, indeed, slightly prosaic.

ἐν κακῷ χειμῶνος: cp. O. C. 1358ἐν πόνῳ ... κακῶν.

εἴχετ̓: Her. 9. 37ἐν τούτῳ τῷ κακῷ ἐχόμενος.

ὑφ᾽ εἵματος: Aesch. Ch. 81δακρύω δ᾽ ὑφ᾽ εἱμάτων”: Eur. Hec. 346δεξιὰν ὑφ᾽ εἵματος κρύπτοντα.

κρυφείς. The form “ἐκρύφην” is not elsewhere found in classical Greek. At a later period “ἐκρύβην” was frequent (see Veitch, Gk. Verbs p. 393).


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    • Aeschylus, Libation Bearers, 81
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    • Herodotus, Histories, 9.37
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1358
    • Aristophanes, Acharnians, 1037
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