κρῆναι: so Polyneices appeals to Oed., “πρός νύν σε κρηνῶν καὶ θεῶν ὁμογνίων” (O. C. 1333, where see n.): and the dying Ajax invokes the “κρῆναι” of Troy (Ai. 862). εὐαρμάτου: see n. on 148 f. ἄλσος: cp. El. 5 (Argos) “τῆς οἰστροπλῆγος ἄλσος Ἰνάχου κόρης”, as the scene of Io's visitation by Hera. So Thebes is the ‘sacred precinct’ of Dionysus (cp. 154, 1137) and the other “θεοὶ ἐγχώριοι.” ἔμπας, even if human sympathy fails me. Soph. has “ἔμπας” (=“ὅμως”) also in Ai. 122, 1338, and “ἔμπα^” ib. 563 (dial.).
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