aleator classicus

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Euripides, Bacchae 345-351

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Pentheus ill-advisedly orders Tiresias’ seat of augury to be destroyed.

τῆς σῆς δ’ ἀνοίας τόνδε τὸν διδάσκαλον
δίκην μέτειμι. στειχέτω τις ὡς τάχος,
ἐλθὼν δὲ θάκους τοῦδ’ ἵν’ οἰωνοσκοπεῖ
μοχλοῖς τριαίνου κἀνάτρεψον ἔμπαλιν,
ἄνω κάτω τὰ πάντα συγχέας ὁμοῦ,
καὶ στέμματ’ ἀνέμοις καὶ θυέλλαισιν μέθες·
μάλιστα γάρ νιν δήξομαι δράσας τάδε.

I shall execute judgment on this teacher of your folly. Let someone go at full speed to the seat where this man observes the birds; prise it up with crowbars, upset it, turn everything upside down along with it, and let his garlands fly away in the winds and storms. By doing this I’ll really sting him.

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June 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Euripides

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