θεωρός Laius was going to Delphi in order to ask Apollo whether the child （Oedipus）, formerly exposed by the god's command, had indeed perished: Eur. Phoen. 36 “τὸν ἐκτεθέντα παῖδα μαστεύων μαθεῖν ι εἰ μηκέτ᾽ εἴη.” ὡς ἔφασκεν, as Laius told the Thebans at the time when he was leaving Thebes. ἐκδημῶν, not going abroad, but being [= having gone] abroad: cp. Plat. Laws 864e “οἰκείτω τὸν ἐνιαυτὸν ἐκδημῶν.” ὡς = ἐπεί: Xen. Cyrop. 1.3.2 “ὡς δὲ ἀφίκετο τάχιστα ... ἠσπάζετο.” Cic. Brut. 5 ut illos libros edidisti, nihil a te postea accepimus.
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