Friday, March 17, 2023


A Neglected Conjecture

Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes are all extensively discussed in John Jackson, Marginalia Scaenica (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1955), but Aeschylus scarcely at all. Unless I'm mistaken, Jackson offers only a single emendation of Aeschylus, at Eumenides 800, on pp. 197-198:
ὑμεῖς δ' ἐ<ᾶ>τε τῇδε γῇ βαρὺν κότον.
Jackson translates this as "Forgo your heavy anger against this country." This emendation doesn't appear in R.D. Dawe, Repertory of Conjectures on Aeschylus (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1965). It's also ignored by Martin L. West, ed., Aeschyli Tragoediae (Stuttgart: B.G. Teubner, 1998).

The same conjecture was made independently by Douglas Young, "Some Types of Error in Manuscripts of Aeschylus' Oresteia," Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 5.2 (1964) 85-99 (at 93, penultimate line on the page). See also Douglas Young, "Readings in Aeschylus' Choephoroe and Eumenides," Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 12.3 (1971) 303-330 (at 326), where Young recognizes Jackson's priority and notes the omission by Dawe.

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