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Notes On The Parodos And Other Cantica Of Euripides’ Cyclops

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In Euripides Cyclops, the satyrs and attendants herding the Cyclops sheep enter with a strophe (418) composed entirely of wil orwil cola (including some dicola), mostly with at least the first anceps long. The strophe addressed the ram. The antistrophe addressed a maternal sheep. A few animals may have entered the cave before or during the epode, but at 82 the herdsmen (πρόcπολοι) and most of the flock are evidently still in the notional pastures outside the cave. Two short non-strophic cantica remain. In 6612, the change to 2nd person singular has attracted surprisingly little comment. τόρνευ(ε) ἓλκε is also an exception to the rule (Diggle, Euripidea 99) that in such asyndetic juxtapositions of ‡ verbs the second verb is as long as or longer than the first.

Keywords: ‡ verb; Diggle; Euripides Cyclops; non-strophic cantica

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