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Euripides, Hippolytus 612

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One of Euripides’ most notorious lines – and ‘one of the most famous lines in Greek tragedy’, to quote H.C. Avery. Hippolytus has been sworn to secrecy, but before he was in full possession of the facts.

ἡ γλῶσσ’ ὀμώμοχ’, ἡ δὲ φρὴν ἀνώμοτος.

My tongue swore, but my mind was not bound by the oath.

Tomorrow we’ll see Cicero’s translation of this line into Latin.

Written by aleatorclassicus

November 23, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Euripides

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