Saturday, March 23, 2019


Prayer to Repel Invaders

Homer, Iliad 8.526-527 (Hector speaking; tr. A.T. Murray, rev. William F. Wyatt):
I pray in high hope to Zeus and the other gods to drive out from here these dogs borne by the fates...

εὔχομαι ἐλπόμενος Διί τ᾽ ἄλλοισίν τε θεοῖσιν
ἐξελάαν ἐνθένδε κύνας κηρεσσιφορήτους...

εὔχομαι ἐλπόμενος: ἔλπομαι εὐχόμενος Zenodotus
See Leonard Charles Muellner, The Meaning of Homeric ΕΥΧΟΜΑΙ through its Formulas (Innsbruck: Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft, 1976), pp. 57-62.

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