θελήσας: cp. O. T. 649 “πιθοῦ θελήσας φρονήσας τ̓” (n.). ἄστυ, no less than δόμους, is qualified by τοὺς πατρῴους (cp. 297). Creon's real purpose was to establish Oedipus just beyond the Theban border (399).
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