ὡς τόδ᾽ αἷμα χειμάζον πόλιν since it is this blood [τόδε, viz. that implied in φόνον] which brings the storm on Thebes. χειμάζον, acc. absol. ὡς presents the fact as the ground of belief on which the Thebans are commanded to act: “Do thus, assured that it is this blood,” etc. Cp. Soph. OC 380: Xen. Hell. 2.4.1 “οἱ δὲ τριάκοντα, ὡς ἐξὸν ἤδη αὐτοῖς τυραννεῖν ἀδεῶς, προεῖπον, κ.τ.λ.” Cp. Eur. Supp. 268 “πόλις δὲ πρὸς πόλιν ι ἔπτηξε χειμασθεῖσα,” “city with city seeks shelter, when vexed by storms.”
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