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ἐξέθηκ̓=“ἀπεβίβασα”: cp. Arist. Poet. 24τὰ περὶ τὴν ἔκθεσιν”, the story of Odysseus being put ashore by the Phaeacians in Ithaca ( Hom. Od. 13. 116 ff.).

6 f. Nauck's transposition of these two verses effaces a delicate touch. Odysseus is anxious to present his conduct in the best light. After “ἐξέθηκ᾽ ἐγώ”, he hastens to add that he was merely obeying his chiefs (v. 6). And then, in vv. 7 ff., he palliates their conduct by describing how unendurable Philoctetes was.

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