ἁ δέ οἱ … δάμαρ. The art. is here a pron., in apposition with “δάμαρ”, and serves to contrast the wife with the husband: the dat. “οἱ” is equiv. to a possessive pron.: cp. Il.13. 616“λάκε δ᾽ ὀστέα, τὼ δέ οἱ ὄσσε κ.τ.λ.” Note also the epic hiatus before οἱ (“ϝοἱ”): cp. El.196“ὅτε οἱ” (Herm. , for “ὅτε σοι”): where Dindorf cp. Aesch. Ag.1147“περιεβάλοντό οἱ”, and Cratinus ap. Plut. Per.24“Ἥραν τε οἱ”. In Eur. Phoen.637, however, “ἔθετό σοι” (not “οἱ”) is clearly right.
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