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οὐδ᾽ εἰ πυρφόρος ἀστεροπητὴς: cp. Il. 1. 580Ὀλύμπιος ἀστεροπητής”: O. T. 200 τᾶν πυρφόρων” | “ἀστραπᾶν κράτη νέμων”. This is a repetition, in stronger words, of “οὐδ᾽ ἢν χρῇ με πᾶν παθεῖν κακόν” (999). To brave the lightnings of Zeus is to face death in its most appalling form: so Ares says that he will avenge his son, “εἴ πέρ μοι καὶ μοῖρα Διὸς πληγέντι κεραυνῷ” | “κεῖσθαι ὁμοῦ νεκύεσσι” ( Il. 15. 117). And Dido: Vel pater omnipotens adigat me fulmine ad umbras | ... Ante, Pudor, quam te violo ( Aen. 4. 25).

βροντᾶς αὐγαῖς: cp. Aesch. P. V. 1043πρὸς ταῦτ᾽ ἐπ᾽ ἐμοὶ ῥιπτέσθω μὲν” | “πυρὸς ἀμφήκης βόστρυχος”: ib. 1083 “ἕλικες δ᾽ ἐκλάμπουσι” | “στεροπῆς ζάπυροι”.

εἶσι φλογίζων, lit., ‘shall be in the course of consuming,’ i.e., in the very act of doing so:—as if he should behold Zeus in heaven, with the thunderbolt already brandished in his uplifted right hand. The peculiar vividness of the phrase depends on the somewhat rare use of the pres. part. with “ἔρχομαι”—a use quite distinct from that of the fut. part. Thus “ἔρχεται κατηγορήσων μου” ( Euthyphro 2 C)=simply, ‘he is going to accuse me’; but “ἔρχομαι ἐπιχειρῶν σοι ἐπιδείξασθαι” ( Phaedo 100B)=‘I am proceeding with an attempt to show you’: cp. Her. 1. 122ἤιε ταύτην αἰνέων διὰ παντός”: Pind. N. 7. 69ἔρχομαι...ἐννέπων”.

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  • Commentary references from this page (8):
    • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 1043
    • Herodotus, Histories, 1.122
    • Homer, Iliad, 15.117
    • Homer, Iliad, 1.580
    • Pindar, Nemean, 7
    • Plato, Phaedo, 100
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 200
    • Vergil, Aeneid, 4.25
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