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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. 5.8Αἰακίδας ...ματρόπολίν τε”, their native state (Aegina): Ant. 1122Βακχᾶν ματρόπολιν Θήβαν” (with allusion to Semelè). Not, “"capital city,"” which would be prosaic: this sense occurs as early, however, as Xen., Anab. 5. 2. 3ἒν δὲ ἦν χωρίον μητρόπολις αὐτῶν”.

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    • Pindar, Nemean, 5
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 1122
    • Xenophon, Anabasis, 5.2.3
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