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οὔκουνγε: cp. 321 n.

δι᾽ ὀρθῆς, sc.ὁδοῦ”. A rare instance of the fem. adj. in such a phrase with “διά”, which regularly takes a subst. (742 n.); but it follows the analogy of the freq. phrases with “ἐκ”, as “ἐξ εὐθείας”: Tr. 395ἐκ ταχείας”, 727 “ἐξ ἑκουσίας”: Thuc. 3.92ἐκ καινῆς”: Her. 5.116ἐκ νέης”, 6. 85 “ἐξ ὑστέρης”, 8. 6 “ἐκ τῆς ἀντίης”, etc.

ἐναυκλήρεις is right. The seer hopes, indeed, that the mischief can still be repaired (1025 ff.), but he thinks that Creon has made a disastrous mistake (1015). He could hardly say, then, “δι᾽ ὀρθῆς...ναυκληρεῖς”. Creon has only just become king; but he had formerly been regent for some years (cp. O. T. 1418). Aesch. has the verb in this fig. sense ( Aesch. Th. 652). Cp. 167ὤρθου”: O. T. 104ἀπευθύνειν”: ib. 923κυβερνήτην”.

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