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ACTUS PRIMI SCENA PRIMA.

ΟΙΔΙΠΟΥΣ ΙΕΡΕΥΣ.

IAMBOI.

Οι. Ω τέκνα, Κάδμε το πάλαι νέα τροφή, Τίνας σό9' έδρας τάσδε μοι θοάζετε

1. The last subject upon which I refer to the moon for the present, is the dipus Tyrannus of Sophocles; the hero of which piece, Edipus himself, has the same prototype as Ralph in Hudibras. He is drawn in

Fig. 120.

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with some of the attributes belonging to him, which hereafter are brought in question, one of which, that is, his swelled foot with the mark as of a bandage upon it, or a hole through his ancle, is particularly to be noticed, as being the cause of his name.

2. Fig. 125 gives a view of the groupe of sup. pliants around a blazing altar, formed out of the same space in the moon (of which the south side is supposed to be placed uppermost) as constitutes the person of Edipus, which, indeed, is hinted by the expression εδρας τασδε μοι, History records, that in times of plague and pestilence people have been in the habit of carrying about with them, at the end of walking-sticks, or otherwise, nosegays of flowers or sweet smelling herbs, Boccacio

Eug noraguev Tăvo Surányuta yaç du
Είν, τoιάνδε μή και κατοικτείρων έδραν.
particularly notices' this in his Account of the
Plague at Florence.

$? Fig. 125. .

1904

4, 5. The various streaks of light intermixed with the shadows in the moon (which may be conceived to resemble smoke as from the burning of incense) justify the use of the term Jupiopatwv ; and the likeness of a lyre and other musical instruments there, that of Talavwv.

8. As in treating a subject in the Greek type, the reader's attention cannot be drawn to particular passages by the use of Italic characters ; in order to effect the same purpose, the whole or part of such passages will be reprinted in the notes, with

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