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EDIPUS TYRANNUS.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

DIPUS
PRIEST.
CREON.
CHORUS OF AGED THEBANS.
TIRESIAS.
JOCASTA.
MESSENGER.
SERVANT OF LAIUS.
MESSENGER EXTRAORDINARY.

a Arrian, ap. Stob. S. 97. 28. hints that both the dipi were personated by Polus, a distinguished actor, of whom Gellius makes mention, 7.5.

EDIPUS TYRANNUS.

EDIPUS.

My children, youthful brood of Cadmus the ancient, what can be [the meaning of] these sittings ye are hurrying a here before me, decorated with supplicatory branches? whilst the city is at the same time fullfraught with incense-offerings, and at the same time with both pæan-hymns and groanings. All which, I thinking it my duty to decline hearing from messengers", my children, have in person come hither; I, dipus, titled by all the Illustrious. But, O aged man, say, since it naturally becomes thee to speak on behalf of these, in what mood ye stand affected; by fears, or by earnest wishes; since I would willingly

a Doá'w, like the word by which it is here rendered, is both transitive and intransitive.

b "Alwv övrwv åyyé wv is Erfurdt's interpretation ; but Elmsley, unus omnium diligentissimus Attici sermonis scrutator, makes allwv redundant.

c From the position of tãou it might not be improper to translate the all-illustrious,' with a construction like that of v. 40. See also @d. Col. 1446.

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