καίτοι τὸ μὲν δίκαιον “κ.τ.λ.” Chrysothemis, like Ismene ( Ant. 65), recognises the duty from which she shrinks. The poet's object is not to contrast a good with a base nature, but the heroic with the commonplace. κρίνεις, decide, choose. The contrast is between the pronouns rather than between the verbs: thus the sense would be the same, if we had, “οὐχ ᾗ ἐγὼ κρίνω, ἀλλ᾽ ᾗ σύ”. (Cp. O. T. 54 n.) εἰ … με δεῖ=“εἰ μέλλω”: cp. O. T. 1110“εἰ χρή τι κἀμέ κ.τ.λ.”: Tr. 749“εἰ χρὴ μαθεῖν σε.” ἐλευθέραν, whereas Electra is a slave (1192). ζῆν. A monosyllable, followed by a pause, can begin the verse even when, as here, it is non-emphatic: so O. T. 1448“θοῦ”. But more often it has emphasis, as O. T. 546“σοῦ”, ib. 986 “ζῇ.” πάντ̓, adv. (301). ἀκουστέα: for the plur., cp. Ant. 677 f. “ἀμυντέα...ἡσσητέα” (n.).
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