Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

LCL 21: 416-417

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Sophocles

ΟΙΔΙΠΟΥΣ

30ἦ δεῦρο προστείχοντα κἀξωρμημένον;

ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΗ

καὶ δὴ μὲν οὖν παρόντα· χὤ τι σοι λέγειν εὔκαιρόν ἐστιν, ἔννεφ᾿, ὡς ἁνὴρ ὅδε.

ΟΙΔΙΠΟΥΣ

ὦ ξεῖν᾿, ἀκούων τῆσδε τῆς ὑπέρ τ᾿ ἐμοῦ αὑτῆς θ᾿ ὁρώσης οὕνεχ᾿ ἡμὶν αἴσιος 35σκοπὸς προσήκεις ὧν ἀδηλοῦμεν φράσαι—

ΞΕΝΟΣ

πρὶν νῦν τὰ πλείον᾿ ἱστορεῖν, ἐκ τῆσδ᾿ ἕδρας ἔξελθ᾿· ἔχεις γὰρ χῶρον οὐχ ἁγνὸν πατεῖν.

ΟΙΔΙΠΟΥΣ

τίς δ᾿ ἔσθ᾿ ὁ χῶρος; τοῦ θεῶν νομίζεται;

ΞΕΝΟΣ

ἄθικτος οὐδ᾿ οἰκητός. αἱ γὰρ ἔμφοβοι 40θεαί σφ᾿ ἔχουσι, Γῆς τε καὶ Σκότου κόραι.

ΟΙΔΙΠΟΥΣ

τίνων τὸ σεμνὸν ὄνομ᾿ ἂν εὐξαίμην κλυών;

ΞΕΝΟΣ

τὰς πάνθ᾿ ὁρώσας Εὐμενίδας ὅ γ᾿ ἐνθάδ᾿ ἂν εἴποι λεώς νιν· ἄλλα δ᾿ ἀλλαχοῦ καλά.

  • 30κἀξωρμημένον J. F. Davies: κἀξορμώμενον codd.
  • 35ὧν Elmsley: τῶν codd.
  • 42ἂν Vauvilliers: ὢν codd.
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Oedipus at Colonus

oedipus

Is he advancing in this direction?

Enter peasant.

antigone

No, he is already here! Say whatever the moment calls for, since the man is present!

oedipus

Stranger, hearing from this girl, who sees for me as well as for herself, that you have come to inquire at the right moment to resolve our doubts . . .

Peasant

Before you ask me any more questions, leave this seat! The ground you occupy cannot be trodden without pollution!

oedipus

But what is the place? To which of the gods is it thought to belong?

Peasant

It is inviolable, and not inhabited; for it belongs to the dread goddesses, daughters of Earth and Darkness.

oedipus

Who are they to whom I shall pray when I have heard their awful name?

Peasant

The people here call them the all-seeing Eumenides; but different names are right in different places. a

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.sophocles-oedipus_colonus.1994