καὶ δὴ μεθίημ̓, I do release thee: O. C. 31 n. εἴ τι δὴ: here “δή” nearly= “ἤδη”: cp. O. T. 968 n. πλέον φρονεῖς, art more sane. Cp. Ai. 81“μεμηνότ᾽ ἄνδρα...ὀκνεῖς ἰδεῖν;—φρονοῦντα γάρ νιν οὐκ ἂν ἐξέστην”: and ib. 344 “ἁνὴρ φρονεῖν ἔοικεν” (when Ajax is ‘in his right mind’ again). The 1st hand in L wrote here, “καὶ δὴ μεθείημι” (sic): “τί δὴ πλέον φρονεῖς”. No MS. has εἰ, which Hermann restored. But it has not been noticed that the mis-spelling “μεθείημι” in L may have been due to the fact that its archetype had “μεθίημ᾽ εἰ”.
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