δισσάρχας (found only here): see on 251 “δικρατεῖς.” ὀλέσσας: cp. Ph. 1163“πέλασσον”. (Below, in 927, some edd. read “ἐξανύσσειν”: see n. there.) This epic licence in tragic lyrics is illustrated by their toleration of such forms as “τόσσον” (185), “μέσσος, ζώειν” ( El. 157, O. C. 1213), “πνείειν” ( Ant. 1146), etc. βασιλῆς is the form which the grammarians Draco and Herodian read here (cr. n.). But, so far as Attic inscrr. are available, they indicate that the acc. plur. from “ευ” stems ended in “-έα_ς”, always uncontracted; while the contraction in “-εῖς” (not “-ῆς”) was the rule from the Macedonian age onwards. (The earliest example of “τοὺς βασιλεῖς” quoted by Meisterhans, Gramm. Att. Inschr. § 39, belongs to 318—311 B.C.) We must regard the acc. “βασιλῆς” here, then, not as an old Attic, but as a poetical form. On the other hand, “βασιλῆς” was the form of the nom. plur. in the older Attic (cp. 189). Herodian (l. c., cr. n.) cites “νομῆς” from Xenophon, as if it were an acc. pl. like “βασιλῆς” here: but in the place to which he apparently refers ( I. Cyr. 1§ 2) it is nom., and the best recent edd. give “νομεῖς”. θάνοιμι καὐτός: cp. Aesch. Cho. 438“ἔπειτ᾽ ἐγὼ νοσφίσας ὀλοίμαν”.
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