ἰόντα, a pres., not fut., partic. (O. T. 773 n.), "coming on them": El. 374 “κακὸν...εἰς αὐτὴν ἰόν”: Plat. Legg. 873E “παρὰ θεοῦ...βέλος ἰόν”. So Ant. 185 “τὴν ἄτην ὁρῶν ι στείχουσαν ἀστοῖς.” ὁμαίμοις: see on 330. Antigone suggests that she and Ismene may yet be in time to plead with their two brothers, and so to avert the doom of mutual destruction pronounced on them by their father (1373). Thus the close of this drama is linked by the poet with the beginning of his earlier Antigone, which opens at a moment just after the deaths of the brothers. The sisters are then living at Thebes, where Creon has succeeded to the throne. An additional pathos is lent to Antigone's part there by the suggestion here of a previous intercession. In Aesch. Theb. it is the Chorus (of Theban maidens) that endeavours to dissuade Eteocles from going to meet his brother (677 ff.): in Eur. Phoen. it is their mother Iocasta who seeks to reconcile them (452 ff.).
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