This antistrophe is devoted to Poseidon, as the strophe to Athena. ματρόπολει, “"mother-city"” (Athens), since the men of Colonus, like all other dwellers in Attica, may deem themselves her children. So Pind. Nem. 5.8 “Αἰακίδας ...ματρόπολίν τε”, their native state (Aegina): Ant. 1122 “Βακχᾶν ματρόπολιν Θήβαν” (with allusion to Semelè). Not, “"capital city,"” which would be prosaic: this sense occurs as early, however, as Xen., Anab. 5. 2. 3 “ἒν δὲ ἦν χωρίον μητρόπολις αὐτῶν”.
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