γονῇ γενναῖε, noble in the grain, —one whose γενναιότης is γνησία, inbred, true, —referring to the ἀρετή just shown by Creon （1433）.γονῇ here is not merely intensive of γενναῖε, making it = γενναιότατε, （as the sarcastic γένει seems to be in Plat. Soph. 231b “ἡ γένει γενναία σοφιστική,” “the most noble. ”） Cp. Soph. Aj. 1094 “μηδὲν ὢν γοναῖσιν.”
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