πῶς ἔθαν̓, ‘How was it that he died?’ Telemachus knew the fact of his death and something of the circumstances (cp. 193-203); but he wishes for a full account. Cp. Plato, Phaedo, 57 A “τί οὖν δή ἐστιν ἅττα εἶπεν ὁ ἀνὴρ πρὸ τοῦ θανάτου; καὶ πῶς ἐτελεύτα; … καὶ γὰρ … οὐδεὶς … σαφές τι ἀγγεῖλαι οἷός τ᾽ ἦν περὶ τούτων πλήν γε δὴ ὅτι φάρμακον πιὼν ἀποθάνοι” . But it is simpler to take πῶς here not as asking for details of the case, but expressing wonder how it was that Agamemnon came to such an end.
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