γε μέντοι: cp. O. T. 442 n. ‘(I hate such plotting in the dark:) however, I certainly hate this also,—when a detected traitor seeks to glorify the treason.’ Ismene's guilty terror is contrasted with Antigone's impudent hardihood,—as Creon deems it. μισῶ … ὅταν, like “μέμνησαι ὅτε...ἐποίησας” ( Xen. Oec. 2. 11), “οὶ̂δ᾽ ἡνίκ᾽ Αἴας εἷλκε” (Eur. Tro. 70) etc. ἔπειτα, like “εἶτα”, as Ai. 760 “ὅστις ἀνθρώπου φύσιν ι βλαστὼν ἔπειτα μὴ κατ᾽ ἄνθρωπον φρονῇ.” καλλύνειν, to make “καλός” (fr. 786 “πρόσωπα καλλύνουσα”, of the waxing moon), here, to make specious: so Plat. Legg. 944B “εὐδιάβολον κακὸν καλλύνων” (a soldier excusing himself for “ὅπλων ἀποβολή”).
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