Sophocles, Fragments of Elegies

LCL 461: 330-331

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fr. eleg. 1 Heph. Ench. 1. 5 (p. 3s. Consbruch)

ἐν δὲ τοῖς ἔπεσι σπανιώτερον, οὕτως ὥστε τὸ τοῦ Ἀρχελάου ὄνομα Σοφοκλῆς ἐν ταῖς ἐλεγείαις οὐκ ᾤετο ἐγχωρεῖν οὔτε εἰς ἔπος οὔτε εἰς ἐλεγεῖον. φησὶ γοῦν·

Ἀρχέλεως· ἦν γὰρ σύμμετρον ὧδε λέγειν.

cf. Eust. in p. 264. 20 (i 402 van der Valk)

fr. eleg. 2 Harp. (i 60s. Dindorf)

‘ἀρχὴ ἄνδρα δείκνυσι’· Δημοσθένης προοιμίοις δημηγορικοῖς (48. 2). Σοφοκλῆς μὲν οὖν ἐν ταῖς ἐλεγείαις Σόλωνός φησιν αὐτὸ εἶναι ἀπόφθεγμα, Θεόφραστος δὲ ἐν τῷ <περὶ> παροιμιῶν καὶ Ἀριστοτέλης (Eth. Nic. 5. 1. 1130a) Βίαντος.

Σοφοκλῆς <Ἀντιγόνῃ . . .> Leutsch, Corp. Paroem. Gr. i 212

fr. eleg. 3 Erotian. lex Hippocr. X 2 (p.93 Nachmanson)

χάριτες· αἱ χαραί, ὡς καὶ Σοφοκλῆς ἐν ἐλεγείᾳ μέμνηται.

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Elegiacs

fr. eleg. 1 Hephaestion, Handbook on Metres

Internal correption is less common in dactylic hexameters; indeed Sophocles in his elegiacs thought that the name Archelaus fitted neither hexameter nor pentameter1; at any rate he says

Archeleōs—for this form fitted the metre.

fr. eleg. 2 Harpocration, Lexicon of the Ten Attic Orators

‘Office shows the man’: quoted by Demosthenes in his Exordia to Public Speeches. Sophocles in his elegiacs1 makes it a saying of Solon, but Theophrastus On Proverbs and Aristotle make it a saying of Bias.

fr. eleg. 3 Erotianus, Glossary to Hippocrates

χάριτες (‘graces’) can be used to mean

joys;

so Sophocles in a poem in elegiacs.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.sophocles-fragments.1992