kai\ a)fh=| (with ref. to the kinsman of a slain man pardoning the involuntary slayer).
a)ll', "Nay," opening the appeal: cp. O. T. 14. The second a)ll' in 241 = "at least."
This whole me/los a)po\ skhnh=s of Antigone (237 — 253), with the tetrastichon of the Chorus (254 — 257), was rejected by some of the ancient critics, acc. to the schol. on L: "for they say it is better that Oed. should forthwith address his justification to them." But, as the schol. rightly adds, it is natural and graceful that an appeal to pity (e)leeinologi/a),— which the daughter makes,—should precede the father's appeal to reason (to\ dikaiologiko/n). The schol. further remarks that Didymus (circ. 30 B.C.) had not obelized any part of the passage. This is important, as making it most improbable that the a)qe/thsis rested on the absence of these verses from the older Alexandrian copies. Though the text is doubtful in some points, the internal evidence cannot be said to afford any good ground for sus