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[128] ἐμποδών sc. ὄν, with κακὸν, not with εἶργε, “what trouble (being) in your path?” Cp. 445 παρὼν ... ἐμποδὼν ὀχλεῖς. τυραννίδος. Soph. conceives the Theban throne as having been vacant from the death of Laius—who left no heir—till the election of Oed. The abstract τυραννίδος suits the train of thought on which Oed. has already entered, —viz. that the crime was the work of a Theban faction )124( who wished to destroy, not the king merely, but the kingship. Cp. Aesch. Lib. 973ἵδεσθε χώρας τὴν διπλῆν τυραννίδα” )Clytaemnestra and Aegisthus(.

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