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τί ποτ᾽; Cp. Ph. 1210.

οὐ δή που: cp. O. T. 1472οὐ δὴ κλύω που...;

ἀπιστοῦσαν = ἀπειθοῦσαν, cp. 219, 656.

ἄγουσι. It is far more probable that the final “ιν” of “βασιλείοισιν” should have dropped out in L (see cr. n.) than that Soph. should have written “ἀπάγουσι”. At Athens “ἀπάγω” and “ἀπαγωγή” were technical terms for a process of summary arrest by which any citizen could bring before the magistrates a person taken in a criminal act (“ἐπ᾽ αὐτοφώρῳ”). We have seen (on v. 158) that a word with a technical Attic sense was not necessarily excluded from Attic poetry. But “ἀπάγω” would surely jar here. Allowing for the difference between a technicality and a

colloquialism, it would be nearly as bad as, ‘Have they taken you up?’

καὶ connects ἀπιστοῦσαν with καθελόντες (not with “ἐν ἀφροσύνῃ”): cp. O. C. 737 n.

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    • Sophocles, Antigone, 219
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