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[580] ἕλκησε may be taken as a 1 aor. from “ἑλκέω”, Epic form of “ἕλκω”. The MSS. give various forms, such as “ἤλκησε, εἴλκησε, ἤλκυσε, εἴλκυσε”, and “ἤλκωσε”, written variously with smooth or rough breathing. La Roche decides on “ἕλκησε”, as probably being the Aristarchean reading. He thinks too that the metre suggests “ἕλκησε” rather than “ἥλκησε”, as “γα?ρ” implies an initial digamma, viz. “ϝέλκησε”. We may render ‘laid violent hands on,’ comparing “δμῶάς τε γυναῖκας

ῥυστάζοντας ἀεικελίως Od.16. 108.Cp. also “σῆς τε βοῆς σοῦ θ᾽ ἑλκηθμοῖο πυθέσθαι Il.6. 465, “ἑλκηθείσας τε θύγατρας Il.22. 62.

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