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πατροφόντου, fem., as the poets use “σωτήρ” ( O. T.81 n.), “φονεύς” ( I. T. 586), “χιλιοναύτης” (ib. 141), “Ἕλλην” ( Heracl.130), etc. The word ought to mean, ‘slayer of her own father’; but here its reference is decided by the subject of the principal verb, as in Od.1. 299(“ἔκτανε πατροφονῆα”). Cp. El.558πατέρα φὴς κτεῖναι” (‘my father’). A still bolder use occurs in Eur. Or.193, where the sense of “πατροφόνου ματρός” is relative to “ἡμᾶς” in 191, while the subject of the principal verb is “ Φοῖβος”.

ὡς κλύειν ἐμέ, the last person who ought to hear it. The emphasis on the pron. is, however, very slight; cp. 1220: O. T.1045ὥστ᾽ ἰδεῖν έμέ”: Ph.299(n.).

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    • Euripides, Heraclidae, 130
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    • Homer, Odyssey, 1.299
    • Sophocles, Electra, 558
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1045
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