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[63] τὸν ἐκλελάθοντα accent and sense mark this as a present, not an aorist form. Homer has a causal reduplicated aorist; cf. In Aphrod. 40 ῞Ηρης ἐκλελαθοῦσα, 'making to forget Hera.' The form used here would seem to belong to the number of presents formed from the perfect stem, of which Theocritus has several: πεπόνθω (x. 1), δεδοίκω (xv. 58). So κεκλήγοντες, ἐμέμηκον, Odyss. ix. 438; τετύποντες, Callim.; ἐπέφυκον, Hesiod. Naturally we should have λελήθω: the stem is shortened as in λελακυῖαλεληκώς), ἐϊκυῖαἐοικώς), σεσαρυῖασεσηρώς), etc. It is immaterial whether we take the verb as causal or neuter. If the latter, cf. Horace's 'oblivioso Massico'; Ovid, Fast. iv. 341 'furiosa tibia.'


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