Sunday, January 21, 2007
Life as Punishment
For the bridegroom I have a worse prayer in store: may he live.Thyestes 245-248:
Mihi peius aliquid, quod precer sponso manet:
ASSISTANT: Let him die by the sword and spew out his hateful life.Agamemnon 996:
ATREUS: You talk about punishment's conclusion: I want the punishment! Slaying is for a lenient tyrant; in my kingdom death is something people pray for.
SATELLES: Ferro peremptus spiritum inimicum expuat.
ATREVS: De fine poenae loqueris; ego poenam volo.
perimat tyrannus lenis: in regno meo
ELECTRA: Is anything worse than death?Mad Hercules 1316-1317:
AEGISTHUS: Life, if you wish to die.
ELECTRA: Mortem aliquid ultra est? AEGISTHVS: Vita, si cupias mori.
This labour must be added to the Herculean labours: to live.
Eat ad labores hic quoque Herculeos labor: