A defective verse, πῶς εἶπας; ἦ τέθνηκε πόλυβος; has been patched up in our best MSS. by a clumsy expansion of the next verse （see crit. note）. The γέρων supplied by Triclinius （whence some late MSS. have γέρον）was plainly a mere guess. Nauck's conj. ἦ τέθνηκεν Οἰδίπου πατήρ; is recommended （1） by the high probability of a gloss Πόλυβος on those words: （2） by the greater force which this form gives to the repetition of the question asked in 941: （3） by the dramatic effect for the spectators.
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