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τέχνα, the skill of the ruler, whose art is the highest of all: see on O. T. 380 f., “τέχνη τέχνης” | “ὑπερφέρουσα.

ἑτέρας, not, another kind of skill, but rather, skill in another man: see on O. C. 230ἀπάταις ἑτέραις.

γνώμα, sc.γνώμας προὔχει”. As dist. from “τέχνη”—the art of ruling — “γνώμη” here is intellectual power generally. The latter would not be separately ascribed to the king, if we adopted γνώμας, which is thus the weaker reading.

παρ᾽ ὅτῳ: in whose keeping. The anteced. is “ἐκείνου” understood: cp. 956: O. C. 1388κτανεῖν θ᾽ ὑφ᾽ οὗπερ ἐξελήλασαι”: Ai. 1050δοκοῦντ᾽ ἐμοί, δοκοῦντα δ̓, ὃς κραίνει στρατοῦ.

τὸ θεῖον Διὸς σκῆπτρον, the godlike Zeus-sceptre, i.e., sceptre derived from Zeus (gen. of source), “διόσδοτον.

ἀνάσσεται implies “ἀνάσσω σκῆπτρον” (an almost adverbial cogn. acc.), as=‘to rule with sceptre’: cp. O. C. 449σκῆπτρα κραίνειν”, to have sceptred sway.—The tone here is genuinely Homeric. Cp. Il. 9. 98λαῶν ἐσσὶ ἄναξ καί τοι Ζεὺς ἐγγυάλιξεν σκῆπτρόν τ᾽ ἠδὲ θέμιστας, ἵνα σφίσι βουλεύῃσθα”.


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    • Homer, Iliad, 9.98
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    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1388
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 230
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 449
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 380
    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 956
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