Sunday, February 07, 2016


Rules for Refugees

Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus 184-187 (chorus to Oedipus; tr. Hugh Lloyd-Jones):
You are a stranger, poor man, in a strange land; bring yourself to loathe what the city is accustomed to dislike and to respect what it holds dear!

τόλμα ξεῖνος ἐπὶ ξένας,
ὦ τλάμων, ὅ τι καὶ πόλις
τέτροφεν ἄφιλον ἀποστυγεῖν
καὶ τὸ φίλον σέβεσθαι.
Id. 171-172 (Antigone to Oedipus):
Father, we should share the concerns of the citizens, giving way and obeying when we must.

ὦ πάτερ, ἀστοῖς ἴσα χρὴ μελετᾶν,
εἴκοντας ἃ δεῖ κἀκούοντας.
Id. 12-13 (Oedipus to Antigone):
For we have come as strangers, and must learn from the citizens and do as they tell us.

                                μανθάνειν γὰρ ἥκομεν
ξένοι πρὸς ἀστῶν, ἃν δ᾿ ἀκούσωμεν τελεῖν.

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