Monday, August 28, 2017


Things Dear to You

Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus 248-251 (Antigone to the chorus of elders of Colonus; tr. Hugh Lloyd-Jones):
Come, grant
the unhoped-for favour,
I beseech you by whatever you hold dear,
be it a child or a wife or a possession or a god!

ἀλλ᾿ ἴτε, νεύσατε
τὰν ἀδόκητον χάριν,
πρός σ᾿ ὅ τι σοι φίλον οἴκοθεν ἄντομαι,        250
ἢ τέκνον, ἢ λέχος, ἢ χρέος, ἢ θεός.

250 οἴκοθεν Elmsley: ἐκ σέθεν Lrat
251 λέχος Reiske: λόγος codd.
Lloyd-Jones doesn't translate οἴκοθεν (or ἐκ σέθεν) in line 250. The list of four dear things seems odd. See J.C. Kamerbeek's commentary ad loc. (although his solution isn't convincing):

Jebb ad loc.:

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