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[827] Πόλυβον Wunder and others think this verse spurious. But it is, in fact, of essential moment to the development of the plot. Oedipus fears that he has slain Laius, but does not yet dream that Laius was his father. This verse accentuates the point at which his belief now stands, and so prepares us for the next stage of discovery. A few MSS. give ἐξέθρεψε κἀξέφυσε: but the Homeric πρότερον ὔστερονHom. Od. 12.134θρέψασα τεκοῦσά τε” seems out of place here just because it throws a less natural emphasis on ἐξέφυσε.

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