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ταῦτ᾽ οὖν, for this reason, then: the pron. is adverbial: cp. Aesch Pers.159ταῦτα δὴ λιποῦσ᾽ ἱκάνω χρυσεοστόλμους δόμους”: Vesp. 1358 “ταῦτ᾽ οὖν περί μου δέδοικε μὴ διαφθαρῶ”. This seems better than to govern “ταῦτ̓” by “φοβοῦμαι. —πόσις” was in Attic mainly a poetical word; but Arist. uses it, as Arist. Pol.7. 16. 18ὅταν καὶ προσαγορευθῇ πόσις”: where, as here, it denotes the recognised or legal status.

καλῆται is right here, because there is a real anxiety: καλεῖται (which would be fut., like “καλεῖ” in El.971) would imply too much certainty. The subjunctive is similarly preferable to the indic. in Ph.30(“κυρῇ”) and ib. 494 (“βεβήκῃ”). καλῆται suits “πόσις” (‘bear the name of husband’); cp. 149: but “ἀνήρ”, denoting here a clandestine relationship, requires “” to be supplied. Cp. 561.

ἀνήρ: i.e., paramour. Cp. the sarcasm of the comic poet Pherecrates (fr. incert. 5) on Alcibiades:—“οὐκ ὢν ἀνὴρ γὰρ” [i.e., “ἔτι νέος ὤν”] “Ἀλκιβιάδης, ὡς δοκεῖ”, | “ἀνὴρ ἁπασῶν τῶν γυναικῶν ἐστι νῦν”.

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    • Aeschylus, Persians, 159
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