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τίς πόθος: cp. O. C. 205τίς πολύπονος ἄγει”; (n.)

ἵκετ̓: Il. 1. 240 ποτ᾽ Ἀχιλλῆος ποθὴ ἵξεται υἷας Ἀχαιῶν.

θεῶν βία, constraint imposed by the gods; an unusual phrase, but suitable here, where spontaneous yearning (“πόθος”) is opposed to the external pressure of destiny. Cp. fr. adesp. 424 “οὐ γὰρ πρὸ μοίρας τύχη βιάζεται” (i.e., one does not die before one's appointed time). Ant. 1140βιαίας...νόσου.

νέμεσις: cp. 518.

ἀμύνουσιν, requite, punish: O. C. 1128.

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  • Commentary references from this page (5):
    • Homer, Iliad, 1.240
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 1140
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1128
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 205
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 518
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