Euripides, Electra

LCL 9: 280-281

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Euripides

—ἀλλ᾿ οἵδε μητρὸς νεοφόνοις ἐν αἵμασιν πεφυρμένοι βαίνουσιν ἐξ οἴκων πόδα. <καὶ μὴν ἐν αὐταῖς δὴ πυλαῖς νεκροὺς ὁρῶ τῶν πρὶν τυράννων, δυσφιλεστάτης μάχης> τρόπαια δεῖγμά τ᾿ ἀθλίων προσφθεγμάτων. 1175οὐκ ἔστιν οὐδεὶς οἶκος ἀθλιώτερος τῶν Τανταλείων οὐδ᾿ ἔφυ ποτ᾿ ἐκγόνων. στρ. α

ΟΡΕΣΤΗΣ

ἰὼ Γᾶ <τε> καὶ Ζεῦ πανδερκέτα βροτῶν, ἴδετε τάδ᾿ ἔργα φόνι- α μυσαρά, δίγονα σώματ᾿ ἐν 1180χθονὶ κεχυμένα πλαγᾷ <διπλᾷ> χερὸς ὑπ᾿ ἐμᾶς, ἄποιν᾿ ἐμῶν πημάτων <. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . >.

ΗΛΕΚΤΡΑ

δακρύτ᾿ ἄγαν, ὦ σύγγον᾿, αἰτία δ᾿ ἐγώ. διὰ πυρὸς ἔμολον ἁ τάλαινα ματρὶ τᾷδ᾿, ἅ μ᾿ ἔτικτε κούραν.

ΧΟΡΟΣ

1185ἰὼ τύχας, σ<τερρ>ᾶς τύχας,

  • 1173post h. v. lac. indic. Paley
  • 1174δεῖγμά τ᾿ Kovacs: δείγματ᾿ L
  • 1177<τε> Elmsley
  • 1180κεχυμένα . . . <διπλᾷ> Diggle: κείμενα L
  • 1181post πημάτων lac. indic. Seidler
  • 1185σ<τερρ>ᾶς Diggle
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Electra

chorus leader

But here they are: stained with their mother’s newly shed blood, they are coming out of the house!

The bodies of Clytaemestra and Aegisthus are wheeled out on the eccyclema.

<And look, within the doors I see the bodies of those who once ruled,> trophies <of a hateful struggle> and clear proof of what those piteous cries meant. There is not—nor has there ever been—a house more wretched than the offspring of Tantalus.

orestes

O Earth and Zeus who sees all mortal affairs, look upon these deeds of blood and defilement, two bodies laid out upon the earth by a <double> blow, by my hand, in payment for my woes <. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .>!

electra

Pitiable indeed, my brother, is this sight, yet I am the one to blame. For I burned with hatred against the mother who bore me as her daughter!

chorus

O what a cruel fate was yours!

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.euripides-electra.1998