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γήρᾳ refers to the change in his appearance; χρόνῳ μακρῷ, to the lapse of seven years (v. 14), which may have caused him to be forgotten.

οὐδ᾽ ὑποπτεύσουσιν follows οὐ μὴ γνῶσι, as in O. C. 450 ff. “οὐδ᾽ ἥξει” follows “οὐ μὴ λάχωσι”. The latter example is so far less harsh that the verbs have different subjects; but it shows how these two forms of future statements could be strictly co-ordinated. No correction is probable. (“ὑποπτεύσωσιν” would require, of course, “μηδ̓”.)

ὧδ᾽ ἠνθισμένον, with grey hair: O. T. 742λευκανθὲς κάρα”: Erinna fr. 2 “παυρολόγοι πολιαί, ταὶ γήραος ἄνθεα θνατοῖς”. The schol., objecting that such a change would not suffice to disguise him, takes the word as=“ἠσκημένον” (an impossible sense for it). Another view strangely refers it to ‘a Phocian dress spangled with flowers’ (Paley).

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