Thursday, October 03, 2013


Three Types of Blindness

Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 371 (tr. Hugh Lloyd-Jones):
You are blind in your ears, in your mind, and in your eyes.

τυφλὸς τά τ᾽ ὦτα τόν τε νοῦν τά τ᾽ ὄμματ᾽ εἶ.
On the synaesthesia (Oxford English Dictionary s.v., sense 3.b: "The transfer of the meaning of a word from one kind of sensory experience to another"), see Charles P. Segal, "Synaesthesia in Sophocles," Illinois Classical Studies 2 (1977) 88-96 (at 88-89).

This line serves as an example of the accusative of respect in some grammars, e.g. Herbert Weir Smyth, A Greek Grammar for Colleges, § 1601.a. It also contains a good example of triple τε, on which see:

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