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[814] εἰ συγγενές τι τῷ Λαΐῳ if any tie with Laius προσήκει τούτῳ τῷ ξένῳ belongs to this stranger. συγγενής can take either dat. (akin to) or gen. (kin of): and here several editors give Λαΐου. But the dat.Λαΐῳ, making it verbally possible to identify the ξένος with Laius, suits the complex suggestiveness with which the language of this drama is often contrived: cp. τῶν in 1167. Again,τῷ ξένῳ τούτῳ might apply to Oedipus himself (452). Had we τι without συγγενές, Λαΐου (part. gen.) would then be necessary. The constructions of προσήκειν are (1) προσήκω τινί, I am related to: (2) προσήκει μοί τινος, I have a right in, or tie with: (3) προσήκει μοί τι, it belongs to me. Here it is (3).

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