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ἀνεμόεσσα (Doric for “ἠν-”) αὔρα, a strong breeze: cp. Aesch. Ch.591ἀνεμόεντ᾽ ἂν” | “αἰγίδων φράσαι κότον” (‘the stormy wrath of whirlwinds’). For ἔπουρος, ‘wafting,’ cp. Soph. O. T.194 n.: ἑστιῶτις, ‘of the hearth,’ i.e., ‘coming to our home’ at Trachis. The word occurs only here. Schol. “εἴθε ὡς ἕστηκα πνεύσειεν ἄνεμος οὔριος ἐπὶ τῆς οἰκίαςSoph. O. T., i῞να με λαβὼν ταύτης ἀπαγάγοι τῆς ἑστίας.—ἀποικίσειεν”: Soph. O. C.1389καλῶ τὸ Ταρτάρου” | “στυγνὸν πατρῷον ἔρεβος ὥς σ᾽ ἀποικίσῃ”. The optat. in the relative clause is due to the optat. of wish in the principal clause: cp. Soph. O. T.506 n.—Cp. the wish of the anxious Chorus in Soph. O. C.1081εἴθ᾽ ἀελλαία ταχύρρωστος πελειὰς” | “αἰθερίας νεφέλας κύρσαιμ̓”. Eur. Hipp.732ἀλιβάτοις ὑπὸ κευθμῶσι γενοίμαν κ.τ.λ.

956 ff. It is doubtful whether the MS. Διὸς, instead of which we require “¯˘”, should be corrected to (1) Ζηνὸς, or (2) Δῖον. Cp. El.1097.I incline to (1), because it seems unlikely that the poet should have preferred to make four consecutive words end in “ον”. It is also worth noticing that “Δῖος”, ‘belonging to Zeus,’ though used by Aesch. and Eur. , is not extant in Soph. , who has only “δῖος”, ‘divine’ or ‘godlike.’

μοῦνον (adv.) εἰσιδοῦσ᾽ ἄφαρ, ‘at the mere sight of him anon.’ “ἄφαρ” might be ‘suddenly,’ as in 821: but is rather ‘anon,’ ‘forthwith’ (cp. 135): his arrival is close at hand. The schol.'s words, “μὴ παραχρῆμα ἀποθάνω θεασαμένη τὸν Ἡρακλέα κακῶς διακείμενον”, have caused a surmise that μοῦνον has arisen from some word meaning ‘weak’ (see cr. n.). But there is little probability in μῶλυν (Hippônax fr. 60, perh. akin to “μαλακός”), καῦρον (a word which, acc. to Photius Lex.p. 181. 14, Sophocles used in the sense of “κακός”), μανὸν (properly opposed to “πυκνόν”), or μαῦρον (found only in grammarians). We might rather suggest “θάνοιμ̓, ἀ-”|μαυρὸν, were change needful. The schol.'s “κακῶς διακείμενον” may, however, be a mere comment; and μοῦνον seems well fitted to emphasise the terror of the sight. Cp. Ph.536οἶμαι γὰρ οὐδ᾽ ἂν ὄμμασιν μόνην θέαν” | “ἄλλον λαβόντα πλὴν ἐμοῦ τλῆναι τάδε”.

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