κρίνει=“ἀνακρίνει”: cp. 314, 388, Ant.399. παραστάς: a crowd has gathered round him (κύκλῳ); and the eager people keep pressing close up to him, to put their questions. So this partic. is used of one who comes close up to a person, in a threatening way: O. C.992“εἴ τίς σε”... | “κτείνοι παραστάς”: El.295“βοᾷ παραστᾶς᾿”. Thus, while the conjecture περιστάς would merely supplement “κύκλῳ, παραστάς” really adds a new touch. βῆναι, aor. set forward from the place where he is halting: stronger than “βαίνειν”, keep moving on. Cp. “βῆναι” said of death, O. C.1226.
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