in comment, as Soph. Phil. 1225, Soph. El. 341, Soph. Aj. 1127.
my swaddling clothes ”: i.e. “from the earliest days of infancy ” （cp. Ovid Heroid. 9.22 Et tener in cunis iam Iove dignus eras
）. The babe was exposed a few days after birth （717）. Soph. El. 1139
“οὔτε ... πυρὸς ι ἀνειλόμην ... ἄθλιον βάρος.
” Some understand, “I was furnished with cruelly dishonouring tokens of my birth
,” δεινῶς ἐπονείδιστα σπάργανα,
alluding to a custom of tying round the necks of children, when they were exposed, little tokens or ornaments, which might afterwards serve as means of recognition （crepundia, monumenta
）: see esp. Plaut. Rud. 4.4.111-126
, Plaut. Epidic. 5.1.34
: and Rich s. v. Crepundia, where a woodcut shows a statue of a child with a string of crepundia
hung over the right shoulder. Plut. Thes. 4
calls such tokens γνωρίσματα.
In Aristoph. Ach. 431
of Telephus have been explained as the tokens by which （in the play of Eur.） he was recognised; in his case, these were ῥακώματα
（431）. But here we must surely take σπαργάνων