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[38] προσθήκῃ θεοῦ “by the aid of a god.” Dem. 25.24 εὐταξία τῇ τῶν νόμων προσθήκῃ τῶν αἰσχρῶν περίεστι,” “discipline, with the support of the laws, prevails against villainy.” Dion. Hal. 5.67προσθήκης μοῖραν ἐπεῖχον οὗτοι τοῖς ἐν φάλαγγι τεταγμένοις,” “these served as supports to the main body of the troops.” προστίθεσθαί τινι, to take his side: Thuc. 6.80τοῖς ἀδικουμένοις ... προσθεμένους”: so Soph. OC 1332οἷς ἂν σὺ προσθῇ.” (The noun προσθήκη does not occur as = “mandate,” though Hdt. 3.62 has τό τοι προσέθηκα πρῆγμα.) The word is appropriate, since the achievement of Oed. is viewed as essentially a triumph of human wit: a divine agency prompted him, but remained in the background.

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