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[943] A defective verse, πῶς εἶπας; 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. 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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