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βίᾳ πολιτῶν. This was Ismene's phrase (79). Antigone had believed hat the city was on her side (509). This has been noted as a mark of spuriousness in the verse. But it cannot (I think) be fairly claimed as such; for, since the Chorus had seemed to fail in sympathy (838), she had regarded herself as “ἄφιλος” (876) in Thebes.


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