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νῦν δ̓κ.τ.λ.”, has been suggested by the contrast with αὖθις, and so the thought already conveyed by “τόλμα” is re-stated more explicitly: then “ἡμέρας μέρος βραχύ” suggests, in its turn, “κᾆτα τὸν λοιπὸν χρόνον κ.τ.λ.”, which repeats the sense of “δίκαιοι δ᾽ αὖθις ἐκφανούμεθα”. Cp. n. on Ant. 465 ff.

εἰς ἀναιδὲς ἡμέρας μέρος βραχὺ, ‘for one little roguish day’: “ἡμέρας μέρος βραχὺ”=‘a short space (consisting in) one day’ (cp. Eur. Med. 1247ἀλλὰ τήνδε γε” | “λαθοῦ βραχεῖαν ἡμέραν παίδων σέθεν”, | “κἄπειτα θρήνει”). μέρος is a fraction of the life-time which is before him: and since “ἡμέρασ-μέρος” (‘dayspace’) forms one notion, ἀναιδὲς has the same force as if it were “ἀναιδοῦς”, agreeing with “ἡμέρας” ( Soph. Ant. 794νεῖκοςἀνδρῶν ξύναιμον”, n.). For several epithets joined (without copula) to one subst., cp. Soph. Ant. 586ποντίαις ... δυσπνόοις”... | “Θρῄσσαισιν... πνοαῖς”. For εἰς marking a limit of time, cp. below, 1076χρόνον τοσοῦτον εἰς ὅσον τά τ᾽ ἐκ νεὼς” | “στείλωσι ναῦται, κ.τ.λ.” —Others take εἰς ἀναιδὲς by itself, as=“εἰς ἀναίδειαν” (“ἡμ. μέρος βρ.” being acc. of duration of time), ‘for shamelessness.’ Such an abstract sense for the neut. adj., without the art., seems impossible. Campbell compares Plat. Gorg. 504 Cἐμοὶ γὰρ δοκεῖ ταῖς μὲν τοῦ σώματος τάξεσιν ὄνομα εἶναι ὑγιεινόν” (as though “ὑγιεινόν” stood for “τὸ ὑγιεινόν”, or “ὑγίειαν”): but cp. Cope's ver sion: ‘For my opinion is, that order in the body of every kind bears the name of ‘healthy’:’ i.e.ὄνομα” is equiv. to ‘epithet.’ In Thuc. 5. 18§ 4 “δικαίῳ χρήσθων καὶ ὅρκοις, δικαίῳ” is certainly a subst. (‘law,’ in the sense of ‘legal procedure’): but that does not warrant “ἀναιδὲς” as=“ἀναίδεια”. —Blaydes, again takes εἰς ἀναιδὲς in a concrete sense, as=‘for a shameless deed’ (supplying “ἔργον”). We can hardly supply “ἔργον”, though we might perhaps supply “τι” (cp. Soph. O. T. 517, Soph. O. T. 1312, Soph. Ant. 687). This view seems just possible, but very improbable.

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    • Euripides, Medea, 1247
    • Plato, Gorgias, 504c
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 465
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 586
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 687
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 794
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1312
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 517
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 1076
    • Thucydides, Histories, 5.18
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