σθένουσα λαμπὰς δ' οὐδέπω μαυρουμένη,
ὑπερθοροῦσα πεδίον Ἀσωποῦ, δίκην
ὤτρυνε θεσμὸν μὴ χατίζεσθαι πυρός.
τοιοίδε τοί μοι λαμπαδηφόρων νομοί,
ἄλλος παρ' ἄλλου διαδοχαῖς πληρούμενοι
Aeschylus’ use of “legal” language has captured the attention of some scholars/critics. While δίκη may be a “theme” in the Orestia, δίκην used as an adverb with the genitive isn’t legal language. In other words, the adverbial δίκην doesn’t cart around all the other possible meanings with it everywhere it appears. Two other examples of “legal” language being used outside of a legal context are found on line 304 θεσμὸν ... πυρός and related to this νομοί on line 312. One might argue that θεσμὸν ... πυρός and νομοί refer to commands issued and carried out but that invokes a different semantic framework than “legal process.”