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ὅς γ̓, κάκιστε: cp. 866 “ὅς μ̓, κάκιστε” (to Creon): for the causal “ὅς”, see on 263. Oedipus first explains to the Chorus why he deigns a reply at all, and then suddenly turns on his son. As the schol. well says, “δαιμονίως τῇ ἀποστροφῇ χρῆται ἀπὸ τοῦ χοροῦ ἐπὶ τὸν Πολυνείκην”. Profound resentment could not be more dramatically expressed.—

σκῆπτρα καὶ θρόνους: cp. 425, 448.

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