νόμῳ … καθαρός, because he had been first struck by Laïus, and was acting in self-defence. Plat. Legg. 869C “ἀδελφὸς δ᾽ ἐὰν ἀδελφὸν κτείνῃ ἐν στάσησι” “μάχης γενομένης ἤ τινι τρόπῳ τοιούτῳ, ἀμυνόμενος ἄρχοντα χειρῶν πρότερον, καθάπερ πολέμιον ἀποκτείνας ἔστω καθαρός: καὶ ἐὰν πολίτης πολίτην ὡσαύτως, ἢ ξένος ξένον”. Rhadamanthus himself was cited as the author of this rule (Apollod. 2. 4. 9). ἐς τόδ᾽ ἦλθον, to this plight: cp. on 273.
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