οὔτ᾽ ἂν σιωπήσαιμι. Applied to the actual case, Creon's words mean, ‘I should never be deterred by fear of popular murmurs (cp. 692 ff.) from publishing such an edict as this against burying Polyneices, when I clearly saw that otherwise a disastrous precedent would be set. And though Polyneices was my nephew, I should never allow myself to recognise as friend or kinsman a man who had borne arms against the country.’
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