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ναμέρτεια: for the Doric form, see on Ant.715 n. Cp. Aesch. Pers.246(dial.) “ναμερτῆ λόγον” (so Porson for “νημερτῆ”).

τῶνδε=the predictions (of the alternative issues, prosperity or death): ναμέρτεια=‘precision,’ i.e. the precise term of fifteen months. συμβαίνει=‘comes right,’ ‘tallies’ (cp. 1174; and with dat., 1164). Thus the sense is:—‘The precise term foretold by these prophecies tallies [with the period which has actually elapsed] at the present time,’ ὡς (=“ὥστε”) τελεσθῆναι χρεών, ‘so that they must be fulfilled.’ (With “χρεών” we may understand either “ἐστί” or “εἶναι”: the former is simpler: for the ellipse, cp. Ai.668ἄρχοντές εἰσιν, ὥσθ᾽ ὑπεικτέον”.) In other words, ‘This is precisely the time when the fulfilment of these predictions falls due.’ The schol. saw that ὡς is for “ὥστε” (“ὥστε ὁπότερον πραχθῆναι”). The change to is needless, and worse.

Others understand:—(1) ‘The true fulfilment of these words as (“ὡς”) they are to be accomplished’; or (2) ‘the truth of the prediction that (“ὡς”) these things are to be accomplished.’

This is one of those passages in which the manner of Sophocles recalls that of Vergil. The general meaning is simple and clear<*> but a verbal analysis demands the nicest care.


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