κεἰ μὴ σὺ προὐκήρυξας: Even if thou hadst not proclaimed death as the penalty of infringing the edict. The apodosis might be either (a) “ἐξῄδη ἄν”, implied in “τί δ᾽ οὔ”; or (b) “ἔδει ἄν με θανεῖν”, implied in “θανουμένη”. But (a) is best: ‘I should have known it, even if you had not brought it publicly to my knowledge.’ For “καὶ εἰ” cp. O. T. 305 n. τοῦ χρόνου, the natural term of life (cp. O. T. 963): expressed below by “πρίν μοι μοῖραν ἐξήκειν βίου” (896). αὔτ᾽, i.e. “αὐτό”. Cp. El. 1267 “εἴ σε θεὸς ἐπόρισεν ι ἁμέτερα πρὸς μέλαθρα, δαιμόνιον ι αὐτὸ τίθημ᾽ ἐγώ”: fr. 154 “ἔχοιμ᾽ ἂν αὐτὸ μὴ κακῶς ἀπεικάσαι. αὖτε” (L) would mean, ‘again,’ ‘on the other hand’ (so far from thinking it a loss). The epic “αὖτε” is used by Soph. in one lyric passage (Tr. 1010); by Aesch. both in lyrics and in trimeters; never by The Eur. simpler “αὐτό” is more probable here.
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