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λεύσσων, absol., looking about him, ὅπου γνοίη (to see) where he could perceive (stagnant water), προσενώμα, he used to bend his way towards it. εἰς στατὸν ὕδωρ is joined with “προσενώμα”, instead of standing (without “εἰς”) as object to γνοίη. The latter is oblique for “ὅπου γνῷ” (delib. subjunct.). Cp. Ai. 890ἄνδρα μὴ λεύσσειν ὅπου”: O. C. 135ὃν ἐγὼ” “λεύσσων περὶ πᾶν οὔπω” | “δύναμαι τέμενος γνῶναι ποῦ μοί” | “ποτε ναίει” (n.). προσενώμα intrans.: cp. 168 n.—The usage of “λεύσσειν” in Soph. makes this constr. preferable to the other, which is possible: “λεύσσων εἰς στατὸν ὕδωρ” (fixing his gaze on it), “ὅπου γνοίη”, wherever he might perceive it (oblique of “ὅπου ἂν γνῷ”).— στατὸνὕδωρ, water collected in stagnant pools: cp. Arist. fr. 207 (Berl. ed. p. 1515 b 25) “πρόσφατόν ἐστι καὶ νέον ὕδωρ τὸ ὑόμενον, ἕωλον δὲ καὶ παλαιὸν τὸ λιμναῖον”. Her. 2. 108πλατυτέροισι ἐχρέωντο τοῖσι πόμασι, ἐκ φρεάτων χρεώμενοι” (‘somewhat brackish’). Odysseus remembered a spring near the cave (21), and Ph. speaks of “κρῆναι” (1461): but the imagination of the Chorus “ἐπὶ τὸ μεῖζον πάντα δεινοῖ”.

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 2.108
    • Sophocles, Ajax, 890
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 135
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 168
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