νῷν ethic dat. with ἀπώλετο (cp. O. C. 81 “βέβηκεν ἡμίν”). ἀπεχθής, hateful to mankind for his involuntary crimes. ἀπώλετο, ‘died,’ not merely ‘was disgraced’ (cp. 59 “ὀλούμεθ᾽”): she is speaking of the deaths which had left them alone. But ἔπειτα in 53 is merely ‘then,’ ‘in the next place,’ and need not mean that Oedipus died before Iocasta. Here Soph. follows the outline of the epic version, acc. to which Oed. died at Thebes: see Introd. to Oed. Tyr. pp. xvi ff. The poet of the Odyssey (11. 275) makes him survive his consort's suicide, and no version appears to have assumed the contrary. The Antigone knows nothing of his exile from Thebes, or of the sacred honour which surrounded the close of his life, as the story is told in the later Oedipus at Colonus.
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