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στυγνός has greater force through its position: “"my son, king—a son whom I hate"”: cp. 1615 “σκληράν.

λόγων: for the gen. cp. 418.

ἄλγιστα ἀνδρῶν,=“ἄλγιον παντὸς ἄλλου ἀνδρὸς” (“λόγων”), more reluctantly than the words of any one else. The usage is similar to that by which a Greek could say, “πυραμίδα ἀπελίπετο ἐλάσσω τοῦ πατρός” (Her. 2.134), instead of “τῆς τ. π.”, or “ἣν πατήρ”. Cp. O. T. 467 n. More often the words would mean, “ἄλγιον πᾶς ἄλλος ἀνήρ” (so “οἶμαι κάλλιστ᾽ ἀνθρώπων λέγειν”, Plat. Ion 530 C).

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 2.134
    • Plato, Ion, 530c
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 418
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 467
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