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ἔργον. Haemon has asked that his “ἔργα” may be considered. Creon asks scornfully, ‘Do you consider it an “ἔργον”— something which you can urge in your favour—to be the champion of a rebel?’ “ἔργον” would not have been thus used alone, but for the desire to give “τἄργα” a derisive echo. The Attic associations of the word help, however, to explain this use. Thus “ἔργον” meant (a) a thing worth doing, as Aristoph. Lys. 424οὐδὲν ἔργον ἑστάναι”, it is no use...(cp. Ai. 852); so “οὐδὲν προὔργου ἐστί”, non operae pretium est: or (b), one's allotted task, as Aristoph. Av. 862, “ἱερεῦ, σὸν ἔργον, θῦε”. So here, without meaning so much as ‘achievement’ (El. 689), it could mean, ‘useful act,’ ‘worthy task.’

τοὺς ἀκοσμοῦντας: so Ph. 387: cp. above 660, Ph. 677.

σέβειν, as 511.


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