γοναὶ σωμάτων “κ.τ.λ.” This phrase seems to gain in fulness and force if taken as meaning, ‘son of the father whom I so loved,’ rather than as a mere periphrasis for “σώματα φίλτατα”, ‘dearest of all men ever born’: the latter would be weaker than (e.g.) “τέκνων σῶν..δίπτυχος γονή” ( Eur. Med. 1136), though it is tenable. In either case the use of the plur. “σωμάτων” instead of “σώματος” (schol. “ἀντὶ τοῦ ἑνικοῦ”) is very bold, and seemingly unique. (Cp. 206, n. on “θανάτους”.) It is confirmed, however, by the fact that Latin poetry tolerates a corresponding use of corpora: Ovid Her. Epist. 8. 113 “male corpora tacta relinquo” , the (living) body of Pyrrhus. (Conversely in Eur. Med. 1108“σῶμα τέκνων” = ib. 1111 “σώματα τέκνων”.) The plur. certainly cannot be explained by supposing a reference to Pylades also.
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