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[1420] τίς μοι φανεῖται πίστις ἔνδικος;what reasonable claim to confidence can be produced on my part?” Oedipus had brought a charge against Creon which was false, and had repudiated a charge against himself which was true. He means: — “How can I expect Creon to believe me now, when I represent myself as the blind victim of fate, —when I crave his sympathy and pity? ” πίστις has two main senses, each of which has several shades, —(1) faith, and (2) a warrant for faith. Here it is (2) essentially as in Soph. OC 1632δός μοι χερὸς σῆς πίστιν.” Not “a persuasive argument” in the technical sense of Rhetoric, for which πίστεις were “instruments of persuasion,” whether ἔντεχνοι, provided by the Art itself λογική, παθητική, ἠθική), or ἄτεχνοι, external to the art, as depositions, documents, etc.

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