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τοῖς ἐν τέλει βεβῶσι = τυράννων in 60, i.e. Creon. βεβῶσι, as El. 1094μοίρᾳ μὲν οὐκ ἐν ἐσθλᾷ βεβῶσαν”: O. C. 1358ἐν πόνῳ ταὐτῷ βεβηκώς”. Elsewhere Soph. has the simple phrase: Ai. 1352κλύειν...τῶν ἐν τέλει”, and so Ph. 385, 925.οἱ ἐν τέλει” are ‘those in authority,’ —“τέλος” meaning ‘final or decisive power,’ as Thuc. 4.118τέλος ἔχοντες ἰόντων”, ‘let the envoys go as plenipotentiaries.’ Pindar's “τέλος δωδεκάμηνον” (‘an office held for a year’), N. 11. 10, is perh. poetical. As synonyms for “οἱ ἐν τέλει” we find (1) “οἱ τὰ τέλη ἔχοντες”, Thuc. 5.47, and (2) “τὰ τέλη” simply,—‘the authorities,’ sometimes with masc. part., as Thuc. 4.15ἔδοξεν αὐτοῖς...τὰ τέλη καταβάντας βουλεύειν”. Hellen. 6. 5 has “τὰ μέγιστα τέλη”, ‘the highest magistrates’ (like Thuc. 1.10ἔξω τῶν βασιλέων καὶ τῶν μάλιστα ἐν τέλει”: cp. 2. 10).

τὸ γὰρ ...πράσσειν: for the art. in the 6th place, with its noun in the next v., cp. 78: O. T. 231: O. C. 265, 351: Ph. 674.

περισσὰ πρ.: cp. 780: so Tr. 617περισσὰ δρᾶν, πολλὰ πράττειν, πολυπραγμονεῖν.

οὐκ ἔχει νοῦν οὐδ. = ἀνόητόν ἐστι: prop. of persons, as Tr. 553γυναῖκα νοῦν ἔχουσαν”.

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