προτείνων, as in “σκῆψιν προτείνειν”, putting the gods forward as authority for thy deed: ψευδεῖς τίθης, thou makest them false,—i.e. responsible for thy fraud. (Not, ‘makest them false prophets,’ because Ph. will never go to Troy.) For the art. with the repeated word, cp. Soph. O. C. 277“καὶ μὴ θεοὺς τιμῶντες ε<*>τα τοὺς θεοὺς” | “μοίραις ποεῖσθε μηδαμῶς”.
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