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ὃς (instead of “ὥστε”) ἐρᾷ, a constr. most freq. in negative sentences, usu. with “ὅστις” ( Dem. or. 1 § 15τίς οὕτως εὐήθης ἐστὶν...ὅστις ἀγνοεῖ”), or “ὃς ἄν” and opt. ( Plat. Rep. 360Bοὐδεὶς ἂν γένοιτο οὕτως ἀδαμάντινος, ὃς ἂν μείνειεν”). But it occurs also in affirmative sentences, as Eur. Andr. 170ἐς τοῦτο δ᾽ ἥκεις ἀμαθίας ......τολμᾷς”. Cp. Her. 4.52.

καὶ μὴν (lit., ‘and verily’) here confirms the last speaker's remark by adding an assurance that disobedience does indeed mean death; while γε after μισθός emphasises that word. ‘And I can tell you that the

requital of disobedience is that.’ For “καὶ μήν” so used, cp. O. T. 836, 1004 f., El. 556.

τὸ κέρδος, ‘gain,’ i.e., as “ἐλπίδων” shows, the prospect of gain, with the generic art. (cp. 1242): so fr. 749 “τὸ κέρδος ἡδύ, κἂν ἀπὸ ψευδῶν ἴῃ.

διώλεσεν, gnomic aor.

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    • Demosthenes, Olynthiac 1, 15
    • Euripides, Andromache, 170
    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.52
    • Plato, Republic, 360b
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 1242
    • Sophocles, Electra, 556
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