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εἴ τις ἐμπέσοι, sc.αἱμάς”. This, the MS. reading, is plainly right. The verb “ἐμπίπτω” was regularly used with regard to an attack of disease: cp. Tr. 1253πρὶν ἐμπεσεῖν σπαραγμόν”: Thuc. 2. 48(“ λοιμὸς”) “ἐς τὴν Ἀθηναίων πόλιν ἐξαπιναίως ἐνέπεσε”: ib. 49 “λὺγξ τοῖς πλείοσιν ἐνέπιπτε κενή”. Cp. below. 808 (the disease) “ὀξεῖα φοιτᾷ καὶ ταχεἶ ἀπέρχεται”. In the next v. Schneidewin rightly gave ἑλών for the MS. ἑλεῖν. For the constr. “κατευνάσειεν φύλλοις, ἑλὼν” (“αὐτά”), cp. Soph. O. C. 475(“ἔρεψον”) “νεοπόκῳ μαλλῷ λαβών” (n.).

Some read εἴ τιν᾽ ἐμπέσοι, or εἵ τι συμπέσοι, keeping ἑλεῖν: ‘if any leaf should fall in his way, to pluck,’ or, ‘if it should be his fortune to pluck any leaf.’ But “ἐμπίπτειν” ought to be said of the wanderer, not of a stationary object which he finds. And “συμπέσοι” is too suggestive of a ‘coincidence’ to be a fitting word here.—Campbell, reading “φορβάδος ἔκ τε γᾶς ἑλεῖν”, takes the const. to be (“οὐκ ἦν”) “ὅστις κατευνάσειεν ἑλεῖν τε” (instead of “ἕλοι τε”). This is as if one said, “οὐχ εἶχεν ὅστις ἔλθοι καὶ βοηθεῖν.

φορβάδος: cp. 391παμβῶτι”: fr. 279 “ἐξ Ὠλένου γῆς φορβάδος κομίζομαι”.

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  • Commentary references from this page (4):
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 475
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 391
    • Thucydides, Histories, 2.48
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 1253
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