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[409] cf. “αὐτῶν γὰρ σφετέρῃσιν κτλ. α” 7, of the comrades of Odysseus; Od. 10.437.

ἀτασθαλίῃσιν: blind follies, contrasted with 408. The leaders of the first expedition against Thebes were represented as being for the most part hot-headed, self-willed, impious men, — esp. Capaneus, the father of Sthenelus. cf. (“Καπανεὺς”) “πύργοις δ᾽ ἀπειλεῖ δείν̓ μὴ κραίνοι τύχη: θεοῦ τε γὰρ θέλοντος ἐκπέρσειν πόλινͅ καὶ μὴ θέλοντος φησίν: οὐδὲ τὴν Διὸςι ἔριν” (i.e. lightning) “πέδοι σκήψασαν” (falling) “ἐμποδὼν σχεθεῖν”.| “τὰς δ᾽ ἀστραπάς τε καὶ κεραυϝίους βολὰςι μεσημβρινοῖσι” (mid-day) “θάλπεσιν προσῄκασεν” Aeschylus Septem 409 ff., Soph. Antigone 126 ff. In return for his boasting, Capaneus was struck and slain by the lightning of Zeus.

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