Thursday, September 21, 2006


King of Kings Again

In a post on classical parallels to the locution King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, I confessed my inability to think of any Greek examples. Here is one, from Aeschylus, Supplices 524-531 (tr. Herbert Weir Smyth):
Lord of lords, most blessed among the blessed, power most perfect among the perfect, O blessed Zeus, hear! And from your offspring ward off in utter abhorrence the lust of men, and into the purple sea cast their black-benched madness!

ἄναξ ἀνάκτων, μακάρων
μακάρτατε καὶ τελέων
τελειότατον κράτος, ὄλβιε Ζεῦ,
πιθοῦ τε καὶ γένει σῷ
ἄλευσον ἀνδρῶν ὕβριν εὖ στυγήσας.
λίμνᾳ δ' ἔμβαλε πορφυροειδεῖ
τὰν μελανόζυγ' ἄταν.
A commentary on Supplices would undoubtedly give more examples, but I don't own one.

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