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[391] κύων esp. because the Sphinx was the watchful agent of Hera's wrath: cp. 36. Aristoph. Frogs 1287 has a line from the Σφίγξ of Aesch., Σφίγγα δυσαμεριᾶν [vulg. δυσαμεριαν] πρύτανιν κύνα πέμπει, “the watcher who presides over evil days” (for Thebes).

ῥαψῳδὸς chanting her riddle (in hexameter verse), as the public reciters chanted epic poems. The word is used with irony: the baneful lay of the Sphinx was not such as the servant of Apollo chants. Cp. 130.

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