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[987] ὀφθαλμὸς the idea is that of a bright, sudden comfort: so Soph. Trach. 203 Deianeira calls on her household to rejoice, ὡς ἄελπτον ὄμμ᾽ ἐμοὶ φήμης ἀνασχὸν τῆσδε νῦν καρπούμεθα (the unexpected news that Heracles has returned). More often this image denotes the “darling” of a family ( Aesch. Lib. 934ὀφθαλμὸς οἴκων),” or a dynasty that is “the light” of a land (“Σικελίας δ᾽ ἔσαν ὀφθαλμός,Pind. O. 2.9: Βάττου παλαιὸς ὄλβος ... πύργος ἄστεος, ὄμμα τε φαεννότατον ξένοισι, Pind. P. 5.51). Not merely (though this notion comes in) “a great help to seeing” that oracles are idle δήλωσις ὡς τὰ μαντεύματα κακῶς ἔχει, schol.). A certain hardness of feeling appears in the phrase: Iocasta was softened by fear for Oedipus and the State: she is now elated.

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