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[261] κοινῶν παίδων κοινὰ ἦν ἂν ἐκπεφυκότα common things of ( = ties consisting in) kindred children would have been generated: = κοινῶν παίδων κοινὴ φύσις ἐγένετο ἄν, a brood, common to Laius and Oedipus, of children akin to each other (as having the same mother, Iocasta) would have issued: “children born of one mother would have made ties between him and me.” For ἄν doubled cp. 139, 339. κοινῶν = ἀδελφῶν, ὁμαίμωνSoph. Ant. 1 κοινὸν αὐτάδελφον Ἰσμήνης κάρα”). The language of this passage is carefully framed so as to bear a second meaning, of which the speaker is unconscious, but which the spectators can feel: Iocasta has actually borne children to her own son Oedipus: thus in κοινῶν παίδων κοινὰ ... ἐκπεφυκότα, the obvious sense of κοινά,common to Laius and Oedipus,” has behind it a second sense, in which it hints at a brood who are brothers and sisters of their own sire: see below 1403 f. This subtle emphasis—so ghastly, ξυνετοῖσιν— of the iteration in κοινῶν κοινά must not be obliterated by amending κοίν᾽ ἄν into κύματ᾽ (Nauck) or σπέρματ᾽ (Blaydes). Similarly, εἰ κείνῳ γένος μὴ δυστύχησεν, is susceptible of the sense—“if his son (Oed. himself) had not been ill-fated.” κείνῳ γένος ἐδυστύχησε (his hope of issue was disappointed) is here a bold phrase for κεῖνος ἐδυστύχησε τὰ περὶ γένος: for Oed. is not now supposed to know the story of the exposed babe (see 717 f.). Cp. Eur. Andr. 418πᾶσι δ᾽ ἀνθρώποις ἄρ᾽ ἦν ψυχὴ τέκν᾽: ὅστις δ᾽ αὔτ᾽ ἄπειρος ὢν ψέγει, ἦσσον μὲν ἀλγεῖ, δυστυχῶν δ᾽ εὐδαιμονεῖ”: Eur. Andr. 711 στεῖρος οὖσα μόσχος οὐκ ἀνέξεται τίκτοντας ἄλλους, οὐκ ἔχουσ᾽ αὐτὴ τέκνα: ἀλλ᾽ εἰ τὸ κείνης δυστυχεῖ παίδων πέρι, κ.τ.λ.”: Eur. Supp. 66εὐτεκνία” opp. to δυστυχία.

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