Thursday, June 18, 2020


I Cannot Tell a Lie

Aeschylus, Oresteia: Agamemnon, Libation-Bearers, Eumenides. Edited and Translated by Alan H. Sommerstein (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008 = Loeb Classical Library, 146), pp. 72-73 (Agamemnon 620-621):
οὐκ ἔσθ᾿ ὅπως λέξαιμι τὰ ψεύδη καλα
εἰς τὸν πολὺν φίλοισι καρποῦσθαι χρόνον.

There is no way I can tell lies that sound good which will enable my friends to feed on them for any great length of time.
The accent is missing on the final syllable of line 620 in the Greek. The mistake persists in the Digital Loeb Classical Library:

Read καλά (e.g. M.L. West) or καλὰ (e.g. Eduard Fraenkel).


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