Choephoroi, Volumes 1-2

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Page 30 - II. 255-257. Observe the natural primitive superstition of an appeal to the self-interest of the divine being to save the pious offspring of a wealthy house. Somewhat comparable, though less grossly material, is the spirit of the cry, 'The dead praise not thee, O Lord, neither all they that go down into silence.
Page ix - (5) Od. 4. 545. [Proteus the seagod is relating to Menelaos in Egypt the death of his brother Agamemnon : Menelaos ' weeps and grovels ' on the sand, and then Proteus consoles him :] ' Make essay that so thou mayest come to thine own country. For either thou shall find
Page ix - own country. So spake Hermeias . . .' (2) Od. i. 298. ' Hast thou not heard what renown goodly Orestes gat him among all men, in that he slew the slayer of his father?
Page ix - the slayer of his father guileful Aegisthos, who killed his famous sire. Now when he had slain him he made a funeral feast to the Argives over his hateful mother, and over the craven
Page 33 - But my five wits nor my five senses can dissuade,' etc. There is a certain grim effectiveness in using the word which properly describes drying for preservation as a metaphor for the withering and shrivelling of destruction. In fact
Page ix - find Aegisthos yet alive, or it may be Orestes was beforehand with thee and slew him : so mayest thou chance upon his funeral feast.
Page 89 - but with the interrogative subjunctive or, as it is usually called, the deliberative. The subjunctive might be substituted for the optative in all these instances : and in the first two passages from Sophocles it is so read in many editions, though against the best MS. authority. The Deliberative ordinarily occurs in three forms :— (1) Direct Primary
Page 89 - is omitted, for the sentences are not conditional : but why the remote form is used instead of the primary. The answer is that the optative expresses the remoteness, not as usual (eg in past final, or past indefinite, or past deliberatives) of fastness, but of possibility : the instinct is to express by optative something more out of the question than the subjunctive would have expressed.
Page 75 - 1. 891. The cold, fearless, pitiless strength of Klytaemnestra comes out again powerfully here in these almost bald words ; 'for to this point am I come in this trouble.' It is as though she said, half wearily, but without emotion, of this fearful conflict : ' bloodshed again ! I or he ! let us begin.

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