δεῖ: for the pause, cp. 555.— ἐκπεσεῖν: here absol., to be displaced, thrust out: oft. of dethronement (“ἐκπ. τυραννίδος, ἀρχῆς, κράτους”, Aesch. ), or of exile (“χθονός”, O. C. 766). κοὐκ ἂν...καλοίμεθ᾽ ἄν: the doubled “ἄν”, as oft. in emphatic or excited utterances (O. T. 339 n.). —These two verses (like so many others) have been suspected merely because they are not indispensable. A defence is perhaps hardly needed. It is enough to remark that Creon's irritation under a woman's defiance (484, 525, 579) naturally prompts this further comment on the word “γυναικός” in 678. And the phrase “γυναικῶν ἥσσονες” (680) has a peculiar force as spoken to Haemon,— whom Creon afterwards taunts as “γυναικὸς ὕστερον” (746).
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