οἴχεται, an unconsciously ominous word. τὸ κέρδιστον, i.e. the most advantageous course which he could possibly take. Cp. Ant. 1113“δέδοικα γὰρ μὴ τοὺς καθεστῶτας νόμους ι ἄριστον ᾖ σῴζοντα τὸν βίον τελεῖν”. There is no more reason for desiring τὸ κέρδιον here than “ἄμεινον” there. For “τὸ κέρδιστον.. γνώμης”, cp. Thuc. 1. 90§ 2 “τὸ..βουλόμενον καὶ ὕποπτον τῆς γνώμης”. θεοῖσιν … χόλου: cp. 717 f.
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