φυσῶντ᾽ ἄνω πρὸς ῥῖνας: a reminiscence perh. of Od. 22. 18(Antinoüs dying of a wound in the throat), “αὐτίκα δ᾽ αὐλὸς ἀνὰ ῥῖνας παχὺς ἦλθεν ι αἵματος ἀνδρομέοιο”: a thick jet of blood came up through his nostrils. The blood is forced up to the nostrils, and then issues from them. Cp. 1411. μελανθὲν, ‘darkened,’ can hardly be a simple equiv. for “μέλαν”: Sophocles may possibly have thought—wrongly—that blood takes a darker colour from the action of air.— οἰκείας σφαγῆς: cp. 260 “οἰκεῖα πάθη”: Ant. 1176（“αἱμάσσεται”) “πρὸς οἰκείας χερός”.
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