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In the MSS. the verse τῆσδε κἀμοῦ; etc. stands immediately after the verse πρόσψαυσον, παῖ, etc. Musgrave has been followed by nearly all subsequent editors, in separating these two verses by the insertion between them of the verse σπέρμ᾽ ὅμαιμον etc. This transposition is plainly necessary: else Ismene will say that she touches not only her father and sister, but herself. Campbell defends “θιγγάνωδυσμόρουἐμοῦ τρίτης” as meaning, "I too am linked in this unhappy circle": adding that “"the construction of a reply, in this sort of dialogue, is not to be pressed too closely."” The source of the confusion in the MSS. was obviously that the gen. τῆσδε κἀμοῦ etc. could depend, in grammar, either on θιγγάνω or on τροφαί, though the sense leaves no choice. Nauck further places v. 327 (“ τέκνον, ἥκεις”) after v. 329 (“πρόσψαυσον”). Wecklein places v. 328 (“τέκνον, πέφηνας”) after v. 329. Neither of these changes is hurtful; but neither appears necessary.

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    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 329
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