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ἀλλ᾽ πνοαῖσινκ.τ.λ.”, ‘cast them to the winds—or bury them deep in the earth.’ The first thought is a passionate utterance of scorn and loathing. Cp. Eur. Bacch. 350, where Pentheus, in his rage against Teiresias, cries, “καὶ στέμματ᾽ ἀνέμοις καὶ θυέλλαισιν μέθες”. Eur. Tro. 418Ἀργεἶ ὀνείδη καὶ Φρυγῶν ἐπαινέσεις” | “ἀνέμοις φέρεσθαι” | “παραδίδωμ̓”. Ap. Rhod. 1. 1334ἀλλ᾽ ἀνέμοισι δώομεν ἀμπλακίην” . Theocr. 22. 167 “ἴσκον” (dicebam) “τοιάδε πολλά: τὰ δ᾽ εἰς ὑγρὸν ᾤχετο κῦμα” | “πνοιὴ ἔχοισ᾽ ἀνέμοιο”. (So, too, the Latin poets: Verg. Aen. 11. 795: Hor. C. 1. 26. 1: Ov. Trist. 1. 2. 15: Tibull. 1. 5. 35, etc.) The passage is wretchedly enfeebled by the conjecture ῥοαῖσιν (as if she were to sink them in a river).

κρύψον adapts the general notion (“ἀφάνισον”) to “κόνει”: with “πνοαῖσιν” we supply “παράδος”, or the like. The zeugma is of a common type:

ἐς γαῖαν ἐλεύσσομεν
καπνόν τ᾽ αὐτῶν τε φθογγὴν ὀΐων τε καὶ αἰγῶν

: 15. 374οὐ μείλιχον ἔστιν ἀκοῦσαι οὔτ᾽ ἔπος οὔτε τι ἔργον” : 20. 312οἴνοιό τε πινομένοιο καὶ σίτου” : Pind. P. 4. 104οὔτε ἔργον” | “οὔτ᾽ ἔπος εὐτράπελον κείνοισιν εἰπών”: Aesch. P. V. 21ἵν᾽ οὔτε φωνὴν οὔτε του μορφὴν βροτῶν” | “ὄψει”.

νιν here and in 624=“αὐτά”: it stands for the masc. pl. in O. T. 868, and for the fem. in O. C. 43.

ἔνθα μή ποτ̓, with fut.: cp. 380 n. The conjecture ἔνθεν is specious, but needless; the meaning is, ‘in a place where they will have no access’ to his tomb, i.e., where they will be remote from it.

εὐνὴν is peculiarly fitting here, since the offerings are those of a false wife. Cp. Aesch. Ch. 318ἔνθα σ᾽ ἔχουσιν εὐναί”. Anthol. Pal. append. 260 “κεῖμαι ἐς αὐχμηροὺς καὶ ἀλαμπέας Ἄϊδος εὐνάς”.

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