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γῆς ἄδειαν, a strange phrase (perh. corrupt), must mean, security in regard to the land (where I find myself at any given time), a secure resting-place. Cp. Thuc. 8.64λαβοῦσαι αἱ πόλεις...ἄδειαν τῶν πρασσομένων”, security in regard to their proceedings. His daughters, so far as they can, give him in exile all that his sons should have given him at Thebes,—(1) maintenance, (2) safety in his movements, (3) generally, the support due from kinsfolk.

Nauck's “στέγης τ̓ ἄδειαν” seems too suggestive of a fixed home to suit “τὸν πλανήτην” (3): Wecklein's “κοίτης τ᾽ ἄδειαν” makes a detail too prominent in this general acknowledgment. With regard to “βλάβης τ̓” or “κἄτης ἄδειαν” (Blaydes), remark that “ἄδεια” never occurs with a gen. of that against which one is safe. The καὶ before “γῆς” seems genuine: were it absent, the “καὶ” before “τροφὰς” must answer to that before “γένους”. And, for a rhetorical passage, γῆς is in some degree confirmed by the assonance with “γένους”.

γένους ῾συβjεξτιϝε γεν.᾿ ἐπάρκεσιν=“ἣν τὸ γένος παρέχει”. Thuc. 7.34διὰ τὴν τοῦ ἀνέμου” (subject.) “ἄπωσιν τῶν ναυαγίων” (object.)=“ὅτι ἄνεμος ἀπωθεῖ τὰ ναυάγια” (Thompson, Synt. § 98).

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