Choephoroi, Parts 1-2

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Page 20 - 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 23 - 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 77 - 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 77 - 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 9 - TUTOR OF CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD LATE FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND ASSISTANT MASTER OF RUGBY SCHOOL
Page 65 - 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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