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[1490] κεκλαυμέναι only poet.: later poets and Plut. have κέκλαυσμαι: the poet. δεδακρυμένος also occurs in later prose, Plut., Lucian, etc. The festivals were religious celebrations, which would be polluted by the presence of persons resting under an inherited ἄγος (cp. note on 240). Some word or act reminds the daughters of Oedipus that they are thus regarded, and they go home in tears. Greek sensitiveness to public notice on such occasions might be illustrated by the story in Herodotus of the affront offered to the deposed king Demaratus by his successor Leotychides at the Spartan festival of the γυμνοπαιδίαιHdt. 6.67). Demaratus drew his robe over his head, and left the theatre: κατακαλυψάμενος ἤϊε ἐκ τοῦ θεήτρου ἐς τὰ ἑωυτοῦ οἰκία. Contrast the effusive public greeting which Electra imagines herself and Chrysothemis as receiving ἔν θ᾽ ἑορταῖς ἔν τε πανδήμῳ πόλειSoph. El. 982).

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