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ἤνεγκα is taken by the schol. to imply that Orestes was then a child in arms (“οὔ τι βαδίσαι δυναμένου”); but this is to press it overmuch. Orestes was born before his father went to Troy, and so must have been more than ten years old at the time of the murder.

κἀξεθρεψάμην: this aorist occurs also in fr. 355, and “θρεψαίμην” in O. T. 1143.In poetry the midd. of “τρέφω” differs from the act. only as marking the interest felt by the “τροφός”.

τοσόνδ᾽ ἐς ἥβης: cp. 961: O. C. 1138ἐς τόδ᾽ ἡμέρας”: for the place of the prep., O. T. 178 n.: for “τοσόνδ̓”, Il. 9. 485(Phoenix to Achilles) “καί σε τοσοῦτον ἔθηκα”. Aegisthus reigned seven years, and was slain in the eighth ( Od. 3. 303 ff.). Orestes, then, is about nineteen or twenty.

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