ἀπευθύνειν to steer in a right course. The infin. is of the imperf., = πρότερον ἢ ἀπηύθυνες, before you were steering （began to steer）. Oedipus took the State out of angry waters into smooth: cp. 696 ἐμὰν γᾶν φίλαν ι ἐν πόνοις ἀλύουσαν κατ᾽ ὀρθὸν οὔρισας: fr. 151 πλήκτροις ἀπευθύνουσιν οὐρίαν τρόπιν, “with the helm（πλῆκτρα, the blades of the πηδάλια） they steer their bark before the breeze.”
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