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οὐκ ἐξ ἑνὸς στείλαντος, not in consequence of one man's sending (“στείλαντος” predicate): κελευσθεὶς goes only with “ἀστῶν ὑπὸ πάντων”. The combination of particles in different cases is esp. freq. when one is a gen. absol. (as if “ἐξ” were absent here):

μή του κηδομένου βροτῶν
μηδὲ ξύντροφον ὄμμ᾽ ἔχων

: Tr. 292: Dem. or. 23 § 156εἶδεν, εἴτε δή τινος εἰπόντος εἴτ᾽ αὐτὸς συνείς”: Thuc. 1.67οὐχ ἡσύχαζον ἀνδρῶν τε σφίσιν ἐνόντων καὶ ἅμα περὶ τῷ χωρίῳ δεδιότες”. But it occurs also without gen. abs., as Ant. 381ἀπιστοῦσαν ἄγουσικαὶ ἐν ἀφροσύνῃ καθελόντες”.

ἀστῶν marks the public character of his mission from Thebes, while ἀνδρῶν would be intolerably weak. It cannot be justified by Herm.'s argument, that Soph. added it in the second clause because he had omitted it in the first, since ἑνὸς needed no addition. “ἄνδρα” in 735 probably caused the slip.

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    • Demosthenes, Against Aristocrates, 156
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 381
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 735
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 170
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 292
    • Thucydides, Histories, 1.67
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