ἁγὰρδήκ.τ.λ. The γάρ introduces an explanation of the law just stated. ‘No inordinate desire comes to men without bringing “ἄτη”. For hope, which can be a blessing, can also be a curse, by luring a man to pursue forbidden things; and then he sins blindly, till the gods strike him. The gods cause him to mistake evil for good; and his impunity is of short duration.’ Creon is destined to exemplify this. πολύπλαγκτος, roaming widely—as a mariner over unknown seas—in dreams of the future. Soph. was perh. thinking of Pind. O. 12. 6“αἵγεμὲνἀνδρῶνιπόλλ᾽ἄνω, τὰδ᾽αὖκάτωψεύδημεταμώνιατάμνοισαικυλίνδοντ᾽ἐλπίδες”, ‘at least, the hopes of men are
oft tossed up and down, ploughing a sea of vain deceits.’—“πολύπλαγκτος” might also be act., ‘causing men to err greatly’; but this is less fitting here.
Sophocles: The Plays and Fragments, with critical notes, commentary, and translation in English prose. Part III: The Antigone. Sir Richard C. Jebb. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. 1900.
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