Wednesday, November 10, 2021



Sophocles, Philoctetes 927-929 (Philoctetes to Neoptolemus; tr. Richard C. Jebb):
Thou fire, thou utter monster, thou hateful masterpiece of subtle villainy,—how hast thou dealt with me,—how hast thou deceived me!

ὦ πῦρ σὺ καὶ πᾶν δεῖμα καὶ πανουργίας
δεινῆς τέχνημ᾽ ἔχθιστον, οἷά μ᾽ εἰργάσω,
οἷ᾽ ἠπάτηκας...
Cpmmentators (Kamerbeek, Manuwald) note the tricolon crescendo.

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