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L gives τὼ παῖδε φημὶ as in O. C. 317καὶ φημὶ”, and this may probably be taken as the traditional accentuation, though some modern edd. write “τὼ παῖδέ φημι, καί φημι”. The justification of the oxytone “φημὶ” is in the emphasis which falls on it. Similarly it has the accent when parenthetic, as Lucian Deor. Conc. 2πολλοὶ γάρ, φημί, οὐκ ἀγαπῶντες κ.τ.λ.

τὼ παῖδετὴν μὲντὴν δέ, partitive apposition: see on 21.

ἀρτίως, because Creon had hitherto regarded Ismene as being of a docile and submissive nature: cp. on 531 “ὑφειμένη”.


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