Sunday, February 21, 2021


The Greatest Evil

Sophocles, Antigone 672 (Creon speaking; tr. H.D.F. Kitto):
                                     But there is
No greater curse than disobedience.

ἀναρχίας δὲ μεῖζον οὐκ ἔστιν κακόν.
J.C. Kamerbeek ad loc.:
ἀναρχίας: here for the first time (unless Aesch. Sept. 1030 is authentic), meaning 'unruliness', i.e. a state of affairs where the ruler cannot assert himself and where disobedience is rife. (Cf. Ed. Fraenkel ad Ag. 883). Cf. O.T. 628 ἀρκτέον γ' ὅμως and the gloss a.h.l. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἀπειθείας.
Kamerbeek's note would be more intelligible if the comma after the first set of parentheses were removed.

Eduard Fraenkel on Aeschylus, Agamemnon 883:

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