οὐ γὰρ σέβεις: ‘(that plea is void), for,’ etc.: i.e. ‘nay, but thou dost not...’ Creon has asked, ‘Do I wrong, when I reverence my royal office?’ Haemon answers, ‘Nay, there can be no such reverence, when you dishonour the gods.’ A king rules by the divine grace. He sins against his own office when he uses his power to infringe the majesty of the gods. τιμάς, esp. sacrifices (as in this case the offerings to the “νέρτεροι”): cp. O. T. 909 n.
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