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[993] The MSS. having οὐ θεμιτὸν, the question is between οὐχὶ θεμιτὸν and οὐ θεμιστὸν. The former is much more probable, since θεμιτός is the usual form, found in Attic prose, in Eur. (as Eur. Orest. 97σοὶ δ᾽ οὐχὶ θεμιτόν),” and in Soph. OC 1758ἀλλ᾽ οὐ θεμιτὸν κεῖσε μολεῖν.” On the other hand θεμιστός is a rare poet. form, found once in Pindar (who has also θεμιτός), and twice in the lyrics of Aesch. Had we ἄλλῳ, the subject of θεμιτὸν would be μάντευμα: the accus. ἄλλον shows θεμιτὸν to be impersonal, as in Eur. Orest. 97, Pind. P. 9.42οὐ θεμιτὸν ψεύδει θιγεῖν.

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