καὐτὸς θεσμῶν ἔξω: i.e. like Haemon, I also am moved to rebel against Creon's sentence, and to take Antigone's part. φέρομαι, a proverbial image from the race-course: Aristoph. Ran. 993 “μόνον ὅπως ι μή σ᾽ ὁ θυμὸς ἁρπάσας ι ἐκτὸς οἴσει τῶν ἐλαῶν”, because some olives marked the limits of the course at the end of the race-course (schol. ad loc.), where the chariots turned, and where the horses were most likely to swerve or bolt. Plat. Crat. 414B “οὐ γὰρ ἐπισκοπεῖς με ὥσπερ ἐκτὸς δρόμου φερόμενον, ἐπειδὰν λείου ἐπιλάβωμαι” (when I get on smooth ground). Aesch. PV 883 “ἔξω δὲ δρόμου φέρομαι λύσσης ι πνεύματι μάργῳ”. Eur. Bacch. 853 “ἔξω δ᾽ ἐλαύνων τοῦ φρονεῖν.” ἴσχειν δ᾽: cp. 817 “ἔχουσ᾽”: 820 “λαχοῦσ᾽”, by the rule of continuity (“συνάφεια”) in anapaestic systems. In lyrics such elision is rarer (see on 350).
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