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αὐτοὶ with κήρυκες: the gods herald their own interposition in his fate. No “μάντις”, but Heaven itself, gi gives the warning. Cp. Bekker Anecd. 5. 14 “αὐτοκῆρυξ: μὴ δι᾽ ἑτέρων ἀλλὰ δι᾽ ἑαυτοῦ κηρυκεύων”. Eur. Suppl. 589 (Theseus says that he will march on Thebes) “αὐτὸς σίδηρον ὀξὺν ἐν χεροῖν ἔχων, αὐτός τε κῆρυξ”.

ψεύδοντες οὐδὲν σημάτων προκ., “"disappointing me in no way (“οὐδὲν"” adv., cp. 1145) of the signs appointed beforehand” (94): as Her. 2.38 (of the Apis) “εἰ καθαρὴ” (“ γλῶσσα”) “τῶν προκειμένων σημηίων”, the marks appointed by sacred law.

With the conjecture σῆμα τῶν, the sense is, “"falsifying no sign of those appointed,"” a less usu. sense of “ψεύδω”, for which see Ant. 389 n.

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    • Euripides, Suppliants, 589
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