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γὰρ δή κ.τ.λ. The γάρ introduces an explanation of the law just stated. ‘No inordinate desire comes to men without bringing “ἄτη”. For hope, which can be a blessing, can also be a curse, by luring a man to pursue forbidden things; and then he sins blindly, till the gods strike him. The gods cause him to mistake evil for good; and his impunity is of short duration.’ Creon is destined to exemplify this. πολύπλαγκτος, roaming widely—as a mariner over unknown seas—in dreams of the future. Soph. was perh. thinking of Pind. O. 12. 6αἵ γε μὲν ἀνδρῶν πόλλ᾽ ἄνω, τὰ δ᾽ αὖ κάτω ψεύδη μεταμώνια τάμνοισαι κυλίνδοντ᾽ ἐλπίδες”, ‘at least, the hopes of men are

oft tossed up and down, ploughing a sea of vain deceits.’—“πολύπλαγκτος” might also be act., ‘causing men to err greatly’; but this is less fitting here.

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