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Though every treatment of this verse must remain subject to doubt, far the most probable (to my mind) is Seyffert's modification of Boeckh's βροτοῖς οὔτ᾽ ἐν νεκροῖς κυροῦσα. This gives an exact correspondence with 870, “κασίγνητε γάμων κυρήσας”, and there is every reason to think that 870 is sound. Further, the origin of L's reading is elucidated. The first οὔτε is omitted ( Aesch. Ag. 532Πάρις γὰρ οὔτε συντελὴς πόλις”, cp. O. T. 239); and this poetical license might easily have led a corrector to suppose that the first “οὔτε” had been lost. Again, the loss of κυροῦσα would have been easy after νεκροῖς.


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    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 239
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