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νυκτί. To the Greek as to us night brings counsel; so Menander ἐν νυκτὶ βουλὴ τοῖς σοφοῖσι γίγνεται, Plut. Them. 26 “νυκτὶ φωνήν, νυκτὶ βουλήν, νυκτὶ την νίκην δίδου”. κου expresses doubt (iii. 40. 1), and throws the responsibility for the story on the Persians.
The dream is modelled on that sent to Agamemnon (Il. ii. 66). In imposing human form (cf. v. 56. 1) the sprite, by the will of God (cf. 15. 3), misleads and deceives the dreamer. So on the vase described (ch. 8 n.), Ἀπάτη, with lighted torches in her hands, incites Asia to make war on Hellas. οὔτε ... πάρα = πάρεστι, ‘neque adest qui tibi indulgeat.’ Cf. Soph. Ant. 261 “οὐδ᾽ ὁ κωλύσων παρῆν”.
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