᾿θελοντής. The form “ἐθελοντής” occurs in Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, and the Orators, as “ἐθελοντήρ” does in Od. 2. 292.On the other hand “θελοντής” is cited only from Porphyrius (c. 270 A.D. , see Lobeck, Phryn. 7) and Hierocles (c. 450 A.D. ), ap. Flor. 75. 14 (p. 449. 20). Similarly “ἐθελήμων” is the form used by Plato (Crat. 406 A), while the earliest authority for “θελήμων” is Apoll. Rhod. 2. 557. In tragic iambics “θέλω” was naturally preferred, on metrical grounds, to “ἐθέλω”, though the latter occurs in tragic anapaests (as O. T. 1303, Ph. 145). If “θελοντής” were found in a passage where metre required it, the rarity of the form would not justify its rejection. But where, as here, aphaeresis was available, it is surely more probable that the poet wrote “ἐθελοντής.” ὑπεζύγην, as if the task were a yoke under which he placed himself: cp. Ph. 1025“κλοπῇ τε κἀνάγκῃ ζυγείς” (n.): Aesch. P. V. 108“ἀνάγκαις ταῖσδ᾽ ὑπέζευγμαι”.
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