χρόνῳ τῷ ζῶντι: the past can be described as dead ( Ai.141“τῆς νῦν φθιμένης νυκτός”); the future, as unborn ( O. C.618“χρόνος τεκνοῦται...ἡμέρας”); the present is here called “ζῶν”, not merely in the sense of “παρών”, but with the thought that this is the moment for the oracle to become operative.
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