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(45.) For the word [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] see Tal, Dictionary, 653; the quotation is from MS C as recorded by Tal, Samaritan Targum, ad loc. On other, equally negative renderings of Nimrod's epithet, see Abraham Tal, "The Samaritan Targum of the Pentateuch," in Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed.
(47.) Literally, at least; clearly something like a surgical knife is meant (Anderson 1997, ad loc.), but the literal word is sword, which happens to have "hier die ungewohnliche Bedeutung (nicht im Thes.) 'culter'" (Bomer 1969, ad loc.).
The usual explanation is that of, for example, Denniston ad loc. (`She cherishes a romantic conception of the ideal hero which is very different from the reality') and I do not think that Kovacs has disproved this possibility (the contrast between the real and the ideal can be shown to operate as a theme in other parts of the play: see my remarks in G&R 42 [1995], 155).
It has sometimes been thought that the "dimming of the race of Phorkos" refers to Perseus' blinding of the Graiai by stealing their single eye (so, e.g., Christ, Pindari Carmina ad loc.), but this introduces a distracting detail, and the phrase is better understood as a metaphor for the destruction of the Gorgon: so Wilamowitz, Pindaros 147; see also Kohnken, Funktion 122, with n.
(45) It could have been one of four: Fantham 1998 ad loc.
(20.) Schoonhoven (1992, ad loc.) records the anxiety that line 34 has caused scholars, several of whom are unperturbed by a mother kissing the eyes of her son but are uncomfortable with the possibly erotic implications of a nibbled neck.
On the identity of this figure and his wife, see Geldner 1951-57 ad loc.