καὶ εἶτα, "and after that," is explained by τῶνδ᾽ ἀκούσαντες. τῶνδ᾽: see on 304. πάρος … προὔθεντο: Eur. Hipp. 382 “οἱ δ᾽ ἡδονὴν προθέντες ἀντὶ τοῦ καλοῦ ι ἄλλην τιν̓”: Isocr. Ep. 9 § 17 “ἄλλους ἀνθ᾽ ἡμων προκριθῆναι”: and so Plat. “προτιμᾶν τι ἀντί τινος” （Lys. 219 D), “πρό τινος” （Legg. 727 D), “πλέον τινός” （ib. 777 D), “μᾶλλον ἤ τι” (887 B). What is the complaint of Oed. against his sons? This: — Apollo had made him the arbiter, in life and death, of Theban welfare (389). His sons might have pleaded with the Thebans: — "Apollo has now virtually condoned the ἔμφυλον αἷμα (407). Restore our father to the throne." But they desired the throne for themselves. Here, as in regard to his expulsion, they neglected an opportunity which natural piety should have seized (441).
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