Friday, September 09, 2016


The Dear Departed

Euripides, Alcestis 877-878, in Euripides, Cyclops. Alcestis. Medea. Edited and translated by David Kovacs (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994), pp. 248-249:
τὸ μήποτ᾿ εἰσιδεῖν φιλίας ἀλόχου
πρόσωπόν σ᾿ ἔσαντα λυπρόν.

877 σ᾿ ἔσαντα Wilamowitz: ἄντα C

No more to see your dead wife face to face is painful.
I think that "dead wife" is a misprint for "dear wife" here. The error persists in the Digital Loeb Classical Library version. Cf. id., line 917, pp. 254-255, where the same phrase φιλίας ἀλόχου is translated as "dear wife."


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