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Meineke rejects the three verses, 1189—1191, because (1) “ἔφυσας αὐτόν” is too abrupt: (2) it is too much to tell Oed. that he must bear anything from his son: (3) the phrase “τὰ τῶν κακίστων” etc. is indefensible. As to (1), few readers can fail to perceive that the “"abruptness"” is both forcible and pathetic at the moment when she turns from colder and more external arguments to the plea of natural affection. As to (2), it is enough to observe that Antigone means, “"The relationship between parent and child is indelibly sacred. No wickedness on your son's part can alter the fact that he is your son."” As to (3), see next n.

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