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πρὸς βίαν: so 594 “πρὸς ἰσχύος κράτος”: cp. “πρὸς ἡδονήν, πρὸς χάριν”, etc.: ἄγειν=“ἀπάγειν” (cp. 941), as 102, 985 etc. —“καὶ μὴ δόλοισιν: μή” is generic (it does not, and could not here, go with the inf. “ἄγειν”): i.e., the phrase means strictly, ‘and by such means as are not frauds’: cp. on 409 (“μηδὲν δίκαιον”), Ant. 494τῶν μηδὲν ὀρθῶς...τεχνωμένων”.

οὐ γὰρ κ.τ.λ.: the “γάρ” implies, ‘this ought to satisfy thee, for force cannot fail': it is thus already a trace of irresolution. ἐξ ἑνὸς ποδὸς, lit. starting from one foot,’ i.e. ‘when he has the use of only one foot,’—“ἐκ” marking that “εἷς πούς” is the condition which makes his victory impossible. Cp. n. on O. C. 848οὔκουν ποτ᾽ ἐκ τούτοιν γε μὴ σκήπτροιν ἔτι” | “ὁδοιπορήσῃς”. In El. 455Ὀρέστην ἐξ ὑπερτέρας χερὸς” | “ἐχθροῖσιν...ἐπεμβῆναι”, (‘that, with victorious might, he may trample on his foes,’) the “ὑπερτέρα χείρ” is similarly the antecedent condition.

τοσούσδε (sc.ὄντας”, cp. n. on “ἐγκρατής”, 75): the 15 seamen who form the Chorus will be at hand to help them.

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    • Sophocles, Antigone, 494
    • Sophocles, Electra, 455
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 848
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 941
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