ἄθεος is a necessary correction of the MS. ἄθλιος, the verse being a dochmiac dimeter, = 1340 ἀπάγετ᾽ ἐκτόπιον ὅτι τάχιστά με. νῦν answers to the short first syllable of ἀπάγετ᾽, since the anacrusis can be either long or short: cp. Aesch. Seven 181, where αἰθερία κόνις is metrically parallel to νῦν δ᾽ ἄθεος μέν εἰμ᾽ here. He is ἀνοσίων （i.e. ἀνοσίας） παῖς since through him Iocasta became such.
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