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ὡς κακὸν: cp. Eur. Med. 731 ff., where Medea asks Aegeus to clinch his promise with an oath, and he asks, “μῶν οὐ πέποιθας”; Shaks. Jul. Caes. 2. 1. 129 ff.Swear priests and cowards and men cautelous,—
...unto bad causes swear
Such creatures as men doubt.

” “πιστώσομαι. πιστόω” is “"to make “πιστός"”: Thuc. 4.88πιστώσαντες αὐτὸν τοῖς ὅρκοις”, when they had bound him by the oaths (iureiurando obstrinxerant): so the pass., Od. 15.435εἴ μοι ἐθέλοιτέ γε, ναῦται, ὅρκῳ πιστωθῆναι”. The midd. expresses “"in one's own interest,"” as here; or reciprocity, as Il. 21.286χειρὶ δὲ χεῖρα λαβόντες ἐπιστώσαντ᾽ ἐπέεσσιν”.

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