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τὰ ψευδῆ. The art. with the neut. adj. gives a certain emphasis (‘those things which are false’), and the objection to it here would have point only if, instead of the adj., we had the subst., “τὰ ψεύδη”. For the same reason, “τὰ ψευδῆ λέγειν” seems rather better than “τὸ ψευδῆ λέγειν”, though at first sight the latter is specious. In fr. 325 “καλὸν μὲν οὖν οὐκ ἔστι τὰ ψευδῆ λέγειν”, also, “τὰ” appears sound. Cp. Antiphon or. 1 § 10αὕτη γὰρ καὶ τοὺς τὰ ψευδῆ παρεσκευασμένους λέγειν τἀληθῆ κατηγορεῖν ποιήσει”. Cavallin changes δῆτα τὰ to δηλαδὴ, ‘evidently’ ( O. T. 1501): but this would be better suited to ironical reproof than to ingenuous surprise.

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    • Antiphon, Against the Stepmother for Poisoning, 10
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1501
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