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ἄλεκτρ᾽ ἄνυμφα: cp. 1154ἀμήτωρ”: O.T. 1214 “ἄγαμον γάμον”. The epithets, which properly describe the “γάμοι”, are given to the whole phrase: cp. 1290: 1390: Ant. 794νεῖκος ἀνδρῶν ξύναιμον” (n.).

γάμων ἁμιλλήμαθ̓, eager haste for marriage; the plur. is fitting, since both the partners in guilt were striving for that goal. (In Eur. Hipp. 1140 f. “νυμφιδίων δ᾽ ἀπόλωλε φυγᾷ σᾷ” | “λέκτρων ἅμιλλα κούραις”, the sense is, ‘competition’ for marriage.)

ἐπέβα, like “ἐπέπεσε”, suggesting the violence of the passion which seized them: so Ph. 194ἐπέβη” is said of the sufferings sent upon the hero by Chrysè.

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    • Euripides, Hippolytus, 1140
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