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[1405] ἀνεῖτε ταὐτοῦ σπέρμα By the change of one letter, we restore sense to the passage. The ταὐτὸν of the MSS. is unintelligible. Oedipus was the σπέρμα of Laius and Iocasta. When Iocasta weds Oedipus, the marriage cannot be said ἀνιέναι ταὐτὸν σπέρμα: for it is absurd to suppose that the seed sown by Oedipus could be identified with Oedipus himself. But the marriage can be rightly said ἀνιέναι ταὐτοῦ σπέρμα, to yield seed from the same man (Oedipus) whom that womb had borne.

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