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(One ought to think thus),—that is, ὄπισθεν ἑστάναι πατρ. γνώμης, one ought to place oneself under the guidance of a father's counsel, πάντα, in all things (adv. neut. pl., O. T. 1197 etc.). Thus “ἑστάναι” depends on “χρή”,—the indefinite subject of “ἔχειν” (“τινά”) being continued with it; and the whole clause explains “οὕτω”. The image from a soldier posted behind his leader suits the military tone in which Creon presently enforces the value of discipline (670). Cp. Plat. Rep. 471Dεἴτε καὶ ἐν τῇ αὐτῇ τάξει εἴτε καὶ ὄπισθεν ἐπιτεταγμένον”. The phrase “ὄπισθεν ἑστάναι γνώμης” is a poetical equiv. for “ἀκολουθεῖν τῇ γνώμῃ” (Thuc. 3.38).—We could also render,—‘that all things rank second to a father's will’: when ἑστάναι would depend on “διὰ στέρνων ἔχειν” as=“νομίζειν”. But “ἑστάναι” applies to the “τάξις” of persons more naturally than to the estimation of things: cp. Her. 9.27ἵνα δοκέει ἐπιτηδεότατον ἡμέας εἶναι ἑστάναι” (in battle): and the constr. is also less simple. “ἱστάναι” (which Musgrave proposed) would suit that view better.

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 9.27
    • Plato, Republic, 471d
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1197
    • Thucydides, Histories, 3.38
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