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τῆς ἀναγκαίας τύχης. The phrase means simply, ‘a fortune imposed by “ἀνάγκη”,’—by necessity, fate; but it has different shades of meaning according to the context. Here, it is the fortune by which “ἀνάγκη” has doomed her to be a slave; but there is no direct reference to slavery in the words. Cp. 803. In El. 48ἀναγκαίας τύχης” is the ‘fatal chance’ by which Orestes was killed. In Il. 16. 836ἦμαρ ἀναγκαῖον” is ‘the day of doom’ hanging over Troy.

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    • Euripides, Electra, 48
    • Homer, Iliad, 16.836
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