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χώρους, like loca, vaguely, "region" (so O.T. 798): but sing. χῶρος below (16, 37, 54), of a definite spot. Oed. already knows that they are near Athens (25), but it is time that the day's journey was ended (20); will this rural region—or town—supply their needs if they halt? The exordium has something of a Homeric tone,—due not merely to the form of the question (like that of Odysseus on awakening in Phaeacia, Od. 6.119, and in Ithaca, Od. 13.200τέων αὖτε βροτῶν εἰς γαῖαν ἱκάνω;”), but also to the epic phrase ἀνδρῶν πόλιν (Il. 17.737 etc.).

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    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 25
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 54
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 798
    • Homer, Iliad, 17.737
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