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[94] ὄντας. This form occurs only in two other passages, Od.19. 230ὄντες”, and ib. 489 “οὔσης”. Nitzsch doubts if we can read the ordinary form “ἐόντας” as a dissyllable. Inflexions which in later Greek would allow of contraction afford of course no parallel. But we might derive some countenance from Od.2. 148ἕως” (monosyll.) Od., 9. 283νέα” (monosyll.) Od., 9. 240θυρεόν” (dissyll.) Od., 18. 247πλέονες” (dissyll.), Il.5. 256ἐᾷ” (monosyll.) Il., 10. 344ἐῶμεν” (dissyll.) Il., 8. 217κηλέῳ” (dissyll.). Perhaps the reading (Ahrens) “βαρὺν εὖντα” Theocr. 2. 3 suggests the possibility of retaining an epic form.

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