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Sophocles, Electra 77–85

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2013

F. H. Sandbach
Affiliation:
Trinity College, Cambridge

Extract

In the two speeches with which the play opens the paedagogus has asked Orestes and Pylades to determine the course of action (15-16, 20-21), while Orestes has informed him of the oracle of Apollo and given him instructions about what is required of him (39ff.). In the lines reproduced above the roles are reversed: the paedagogus is asked whether it is his wish that they should stay, a question which goes back upon the words with which Orestes had just concluded his speech at 73-5: σοὶ δ᾿ἤδη, γερον, | τὸ σὸν μελέσθω βαντί φρουρῆσαι χρέος, | νὼ δ᾿ ἔξιμεν· καιρὸς γάρ. He replies decisively that Apollo's orders must come first.

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Copyright © The Author(s). Published online by Cambridge University Press 1977

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References

1. 81 κἁνακούσωμεν vel κἅν ἁκούσωμεν mss., corr. Nauck; 84-5 φέρει νίκην τ᾿ ἐφ᾿ ἡμῖν mss., corr. Tournier.

2. I wish to thank Professor Winnington-Ingram for helpful comment on my proposal.

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