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ῥείτω κατ᾽ οὖρον, go down the stream before the wind. Nothing is gained by changing “ῥείτω” to ἴτω ( Aesch. Theb.690 f. “ἴτω κατ᾽ οὖρον” ... | ... “πᾶν τὸ Λαΐου γένος”). For οὖρον, cp. 815. She means, ‘it is idle to dwell upon what cannot be undone.’

κακὸν = “ἄπιστον, ψευδῆ” (347).

πρὸς ἄλλον κ.τ.λ.: i.e., ‘if thou must use deceit, use it towards anyone rather than me’: cp. Ph.1119στυγερὰν ἔχε” | “δύσποτμον ἀρὰν ἐπ᾽ ἄλλοις” (n.). The parataxis makes the precept κακὸν | πρὸς ἄλλον εἶναι absolute in form, though it is only relative in sense: cp. 383 f.: Isocr. or. 6 § 54πῶς οὐκ αἰσχρὸν,...τὴν μὲν Εὐρώπην...μεστὴν πεποιηκέναι τροπαίων,...ὑπὲρ δὲ τῆς πατρίδος...μηδὲ μίαν μάχην φαίνεσθαι μεμαχημένους;

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    • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, 690
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