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πάνθυτα θέσμἰ ἐξήνυς᾿. As Ajax had announced his purpose of ‘purging his stains’ (655) and ‘submitting to the gods’ (666 f.), the Chorus assume that he has now duly performed all the rites of “καθαρμός” and “ἱλασμός”. By “θεῶν πάνθυτα θέσμια” is meant, ‘the ordinances of the gods, with all the “θυσίαι” which they enjoin’; since the ablutions of Ajax would be followed (as the Chorus conceive) by sacrifices to the deities whom he had offended, esp. to Athena and Artemis. There is thus a tragic irony in πάνθυτα, since a “θυσία” is indeed about to be offered.

εὐνομίᾳ, ‘loyalty’ to these “θέσμια”.


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