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τὰς φρένας...τὰ δ᾽ ὦτ᾽, acc. defining σε: Ph. 1301μέθες με χεῖρα”: cp. on O. C. 113.

οἴμ᾽ ὡς, impatient, as Aristoph. Ach. 590οἴμ᾽ ὡς τεθνήξεις”: elsewhere in Soph. it expresses pity or grief (1270, Ai. 354, 587).

λάλημα suits Creon's contemptuous impatience. The schol. (see crit. n.) prob. read ἄλημα (‘a knave,’ lit., ‘fine meal,’ from “ἀλέω”): cp. Au. 430 “παιπάλημ᾽ ὅλον”. But if Creon used that word, he would seem to give the man credit for real subtlety: he would be taking him too seriously. Thus ἄλημα is the word applied by Ajax to his mortal foe, Odysseus (Ai. 381, 389), who is similarly called “πάνσοφον κρότημα” in fr. 827: cp. Ph. 927πανουργίας δεινῆς τέχνημ᾽ ἔχθιστον” (Neoptolemus). Cp. 756δούλευμα”: O. T. 85κήδευμα” (n.).

δῆλον, like “ἐναργές” (cp. on 263).


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