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[1484] οὔθ᾽ ὁρῶν οὔθ᾽ ἱστορῶν i.e. neither recognising his mother when he saw her, nor possessing any information which could lead him to suspect that she was such. ἱστορεῖν is (1) to be, or (2) to become, ἵστωρ, a knower: i.e. (1) to have information, or (2) to seek it. Sense (2) is more frequent: but Aesch. has (1) in Aesch. Eum. 455 and Aesch. Pers. 454. [In Soph. Trach. 382οὐδὲν ἱστορῶν” prob. = ὅτι οὐδὲν ἱστόρει (imperf.), “did not ask. ”] Here (1) is best, because it would be almost absurd to say that he had wedded Iocasta “without asking any questions ”—as if he could have been expected to do so. Cp. Soph. OC 273νῦν δ᾽ οὐδὲν εἰδὼς ἱκόμην ἵν᾽ ἱκόμην.

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