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τοῖς φίλοις δ᾽ ὀρθῶς φίλη, ‘but truly dear to thy friends,’—i.e. both to the dead brother and to the living sister. The words are especially a parting assurance (ἴσθι) that Ismene's love is undiminished. “ὀρθῶς ἀληθῶς”, as Diphilus frag. incert. 20 “τὸν ὀρθῶς εὐγενῆ”. Others make “φίλη” active,—‘a true friend to thy friends’ (i.e. to Polyneices): which is certainly the fittest sense in Eur. I. T. 609ὡς ἀπ᾽ εὐγενοῦς τινος ῥίζης πέφυκας, τοῖς φίλοις τ᾽ ὀρθῶς φίλος” (Orestes, when he devotes his life to save his friend's). But here the other view is decidedly preferable.

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