φύτοῤ, Dindorf's correction of “φύσαντ̓”, gives an incomparably better verse than Fröhlich's τὸν φύσαντ᾽ οἴκτιῤ. It is very improbable that οἴκτιῤ would have been corrupted into the aor. partic.; but a rare word, such as φύτοῤ, would easily have become φύσαντ̓. Dindorf is clearly right in holding that the “ν” of “φύτωρ” would be short, though metrical convenience might sometimes cause it to be lengthened in such compounds as “ἀμπελοφύτορα” (Anth. 6. 44), which could not otherwise come into a hexameter. He might have added that the verse, “ἀθάνατοι δὲ Πτέρωτα, διὰ πτεροφύτορ᾽ ἀνάγκην”, is prefaced by Plato with the remark that it is “οὐ σφόδρα τι ἔμμετρον”,— a comment which, as W. H. Thompson observes, may apply to the “υ_” no less than to the “δε^” (Phaedr. p. 252 C). Hesychius has “φύτορες: γεννήτορες”. For the spelling “οἰκτίρας”, cp. 464 n. ἀνεπίφθονον: schol. “ἀνεμέσητον, ἐφ ῳ οὐδείς σε μέμψεται ὡς πατροκτόνον”.
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