Euripides, Electra

LCL 9: 276-277

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Euripides

φάτναις ἄγοντες πρόσθεθ᾿· ἡνίκ᾿ ἂν δέ με δοκῆτε θυσίας τῆσδ᾿ ἀπηλλάχθαι θεοῖς, πάρεστε· δεῖ γὰρ καὶ πόσει δοῦναι χάριν.

ΗΛΕΚΤΡΑ

χώρει πένητας ἐς δόμους· φρούρει δέ μοι 1140μή σ᾿ αἰθαλώσῃ πολύκαπνον στέγος πέπλους. θύσεις γὰρ οἷα χρή σε δαίμοσιν θύη. κανοῦν δ᾿ ἐνῆρκται καὶ τεθηγμένη σφαγίς, ἥπερ καθεῖλε ταῦρον, οὗ πέλας πεσῇ πληγεῖσα· νυμφεύσῃ δὲ κἀν Ἅιδου δόμοις 1145ᾧπερ ξυνηῦδες ἐν φάει. τοσήνδ᾿ ἐγὼ δώσω χάριν σοι, σὺ δὲ δίκην ἐμοὶ πατρός.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

στρ. ἀμοιβαὶ κακῶν· μετάτροποι πνέου- σιν αὖραι δόμων. τότε μὲν <ἐν> λουτροῖς ἔπεσεν ἐμὸς ἐμὸς ἀρχέτας, 1150ἰάχησε δὲ στέγα λάινοί τε θριγκοὶ δόμων, τάδ᾿ ἐνέποντος· Ὦ σχέτλιε, τί με, γύναι, φονεύεις φίλαν πατρίδα δεκέτεσι σποραῖ- σιν ἐλθόντ᾿ ἐμάν; <. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .>.

  • 1146δὲ δίκην ἐμοὶ Bothe: δ᾿ ἐμοὶ δ- L
  • 1148<ἐν> Seidler
  • 1152σχέτλιε Diggle cl. IT 651: -ία L φονεύεις Victorius: -σεις L
  • 1154post h. v. lac. indic. Tr2
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Electra

take this carriage and put the horses to feed. When you judge that I am through with this sacrifice to the gods, come back. For I must do a service to my husband as well.

Exit clytaemestra into the house, the servants by Eisodos A.
electra

Go, enter this poor house! But please take care that the sooty chamber not stain your clothes! You shall make such sacrifice as is right to the gods. The sacrificial basket has been prepared and the knife sharpened which killed the bull, and at his side you will fall stricken. In the world below you shall be bride to the man you slept with in life. That will be my favor to you, but you shall give me satisfaction for my father.

Exit electra into the house.
chorus

There is requital for wrong: the winds of this house are veering round. Once my lord and king fell slain in his bath, and the roof and stone cornice of the palace resounded as he cried, “Why, cruel woman, do you kill me when I have returned after ten harvests to my beloved native land?” <. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .>!

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.euripides-electra.1998