θεμιστεύοντα = ‘ius dicentem,’ used here with dative: but in Od.9. 114, where the more direct idea of ‘being master of’ comes in, we have “θεμιστεύειν παίδων ἠδ᾽ ἀλόχου [ων”]. He is represented as on his seat, while the ghosts are either sitting, as waiting their turn, or standing, as each one states his case, or asks for the judge's decision: ‘and they all around him, the king [ἄνακτα in apposition to μιν], were questioning him of their rights.’
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