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“The stroke of Zeus” they may call it; his hand can be traced there. As he determines, so he acts. Someone said [370] that the gods do not trouble themselves to remember mortals who trample underfoot the grace of things not to be touched. But that man was impious!

Now it stands revealed! [375] The penalty for reckless crime is ruin when men breathe a spirit of pride above just measure, because their mansions teem with more abundance than is good for them. But let there be such wealth as brings no distress, enough to satisfy [380] a sensible man. For riches do not protect the man who in wantonness has kicked the mighty altar of Justice into obscurity.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Antigone, 1044
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