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κοὐκ οἶδ̓. Neoptolemus knows, of course, that Ph. is feeble. But these words mean that, in taking Ph. to Troy, N. does not realise what he is doing; he will not gain a triumph, but merely extinguish a flickering life. As this speech wavers between curses and prayers, so it vacillates between denunciation of the youth's cruel guile (926 f.), and something like pity for his thoughtless folly. Cp. 1010.

ἐναίρων νεκρὸν: cp. Ant. 1030τὸν θανόντ᾽ ἐπικτανεῖν” (n.).

καπνοῦ σκιάν: Ant. 1170τἄλλ᾽ ἐγὼ καπνοῦ σκιᾶς” | “οὐκ ἂν πριαίμην” (n.).

εἴδωλον ἄλλως: O. C. 109οἰκτίρατ᾽ ἀνδρὸς Οἰδίπου τόδ᾽ ἄθλιον” | “εἴδωλον: οὐ γὰρ δὴ τό γ᾽ ἀρχαῖον δέμας” (n.). The adv. ἄλλως means (1) ‘otherwise,’ O. C. 492: (2) ‘besides,’ ‘moreover,’ O. T. 1114: (3) ‘otherwise than well,’ and so, ‘vainly,’ O. T. 333,—as “ἕτερος” oft.=“κακός”: (4) with a subst. implying disparagement, ‘merely’; Nub. 1203 “ἀριθμός, πρόβατ᾽ ἄλλως”, ‘ciphers—very sheep’: Dem. or. 19 § 24οἱ δ᾽ ἀντιλέγοντες ὄχλος ἄλλως καὶ βασκανία κατεφαίνετο”, ‘the opposition was pronounced to be mere obstructiveness and spite’ (where see Shilleto). This sense comes through that of ‘vainly,’ ‘uselessly.’


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  • Commentary references from this page (8):
    • Demosthenes, On the False Embassy, 24
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 1030
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 1170
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 109
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 492
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1114
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 333
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 1010
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