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Chapter 4. The Vow
This whole scene is structured by the verb of “prayer,” eúkhesthai. Formerly we have seen “you have heard me euksámenos” (453). We may introduce the essential notion by translating “you have formerly listened to my vows.” The “prayer” is not distinguished from the “vow”; it is one and the same operation, for here the “prayer” announces a “vow” in favor of the Danaans and it is accompanied by a sacrifice. The god is bound by this consecration, which anticipates the support expected from him, along the lines of the request “avert this plague.”