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τιμῇ, dat. of manner: cp. 369.

καθέξον, occupy as conquerors: Dem. or. 18 § 96τὰ κύκλῳ τῆς Ἀττικῆς κατεχόντων ἁρμοσταῖς καὶ φρουραῖς”.

πρὸς οὐρ. βιβῶν: cp. “κλέος οὐρανὸν ἵκειOd. 9.20), “κλέος οὐρανόμηκες(Aristoph. Nub. 459): Eur. Bacch. 972ὥστ᾽ οὐρανῷ στηρίζον εὑρήσεις κλέος” (thou wilt find thy fame towering in the sky). But the best illustration is Isocr. or. 15 § 134τὰ μὲν ἁμαρτανόμενα παρόψονται, τὸ δὲ κατορθωθὲν οὐρανόμηκες ποιήσουσιν”, they will overlook your failures, and exalt your success to the skies. So

religio pedibus subiecta vicissim
Opteritur, nos exaequat victoria caelo.

Wecklein strangely understands: — "or will make Thebes rise to the sky" (in smoke, by burning the city), comparing

πτέρυγι δὲ καπνὸς ὥς τις οὐ-
ράνια πεσοῦσα δορὶ καταφθίνει γᾶ

, which means simply: "our land hath fallen like smoke that hath sunk down on its wing from the sky, and is perishing by the spear."

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    • Aristophanes, Clouds, 459
    • Demosthenes, On the Crown, 96
    • Euripides, Bacchae, 972
    • Euripides, Trojan Women, 1298
    • Homer, Odyssey, 9.20
    • Isocrates, Antidosis, 134
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 369
    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 1.78
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