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πρὸςἀμπλακημάτωνἀράξας, ‘impelled by them to strike his eyes’: cp. O. T. 1236 (“τέθνηκε”) “πρὸς τίνος ποτ᾽ αἰτίας;

αὐτοφώρων = “ αὐτὸς ἐφώρασεν” (cp. fr. 768 “τὰ πλεῖστα φωρῶν αἰσχρὰ φωράσεις βροτῶν”), detected by himself, when he insisted on investigating the murder of Laïus (cp. O. T. 1065). Elsewhere “αὐτόφωρος φωραθεὶς ἐπ᾽ αὐτῷ τῷ ἔργῳ”, ‘taken in the act’: Thuc. 6.38κολάζων, μὴ μόνον αὐτοφώρους” (“χαλεπὸν γὰρ ἐπιτυγχάνειν”), “ἀλλὰ καὶ ὧν βούλονται μέν, δύνανται δ᾽ οὔ”: and so in the adv. “ἐπ᾽ αὐτοφώρῳ λαμβάνειν” etc.

ἀράξας, with the golden brooches (“περόναι”): O. T. 1276ἤρασσ᾽ ἐπαίρων βλέφαρα.

αὐτὸς αὐτουργῷ χερί, emphatic, like “αὐτὸς πρὸς αὑτοῦ” (1177), but not strictly pleonastic, since αὐτός=‘by his own act,’ i.e. ‘of his free will,’ while αὐτ. χερί refers to the instrument, ‘with hand turned against himself.’ Cp. on 56.

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    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1065
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    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1276
    • Thucydides, Histories, 6.38
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