Four seminal tragedies by way of the grasp Greek dramatist, in gleaming new translations
Of the a couple of hundred performs Sophocles wrote over the process his lengthy lifestyles, in simple terms seven live on. This quantity collects 4 of them, all newly translated. Electra portrays the grief of a tender girl for her father, Agamemnon, who has been killed via her mother's lover. Ajax depicts the enigma of strength and weak spot vis-àvis the autumn of the nice hero. Women of Trachis dramatizes the tragic love and mistake of Heracles's abandoned spouse, Deianeira; Philoctetes examines the clash among actual strength and ethical strength.
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282 discomfort on soreness to pay This repeats the alliteration of p within the Greek line: poinima pathea pathein poroi. 334-647 within the first episode, Electra starts off with a monologue, and the remainder of the scene is a discussion among Electra and Chrysothemis. 338 i'm ashamed... within the Greek textual content, Electra's first note is "I am ashamed. " maybe there's a trace right here that Electra is the other of Clytemnestra, who acknowledged "I am now not ashamed" before everything of 2 significant speeches in Aeschylus' Agamemnon (856 and 1373). ^|/|/[ input Chrysothemis As we are going to quickly listen, Chrysothemis is extra richly dressed than Electra, who's herself most likely dressed as a servant. there is not any embroidery on Electra's "belt," and hence we will be able to imagine that such embroidery is noticeable on Chrysothemis' gown because it is on that of Clytemnestra. As a noble girl, Chrysothemis most likely should still 114 NOTES O N T H E textual content have an attendant, yet she includes at the least a number of the choices in her personal arms. 466 no longer a note is your personal. . . . Kells claims this cost isn't really reasonable, however it turns out actual to me. Chrysothemis isn't really easily within the flawed. via accepting the advantages of a corrupt govt, she stocks accountability for its acts to a point. 468 brilliant This time period (phronein) is trendy right here, simply because it used to be within the discussion of Antigone and Ismene in Sophocles' Antigone. it might observe either to "justice" and to "expediency. " Electra paradoxically makes use of the be aware in its expediency signification. Chrysothemis later ends her speech with this be aware ("sensible," 530). 543 we've masters, we needs to bend this is often the language of "expediency. " Electra counters with "lick their boots" —that is, Chrysothemis' place is certainly one of base flattery (thopeia). Chrysothemis counters with a cost of stupidity (aboulia, 546). Prometheus makes use of related language in the same scenario in Aeschylus' Prometheus certain. He sneeringly urges the refrain to "flatter" Zeus (thopte, 937). Hermes urges him to "think instantly" (eu phronein, 1000). He accuses Prometheus of who prefer audacity to "good idea" (euboulia, 1035) 586 undeniable stupidity. Chrysothemis ends her account of the dream and returns to her prior feedback, repeating the be aware stupidity (aboulia) (see preceeding note). 648-91 within the first stasimon, the refrain think about Clytemnestra's dream: justice will come. 663—69 Vengeance . . . the place marriage should not have occurred! The Greek note for vengeance is Erinys (a Fury). once more, the refrain makes use of archaic language. within the very tough Greek of this passage, the wedding of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus is expounded to be "without a mattress, with out a bride" (alektra, anumpha). The pun on Electra's identify is maybe intentional. an identical pun looks in 1266—67 w'hen Electra tells Chrysothemis that she is going to become old "imbedded" (alektra) if Aegisthus and Clytemnestra stay in energy. hence the activities of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus have made their very own marriage dysfunctional (i. e. , their childrens don't have any inheritance rights, no prestige) and made marriage most unlikely for everybody else within the royal line.