The Ajax and Electra of Sophocles

The Ajax and Electra of Sophocles

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...thee after bearing many a taunt from thee. For thy father, nought else, is ever thy pretext, --how that' by, my hand, mine, he died! Aye, mine--I know it well, and for me is no denial hereof. Yet not Ialone, 94: but Justice too, slew him: and with Justice oughtest thou to take side, if thou wert wise of heart. For this father of thine, for whom thou wailest unceasingly, alone among the Greeks could steel his heart to offer thine own sister a victim to the gods--he, who begat her, nor shared the travail with me, who bare her. So be it--te1l me now, why and on whose behalf he sacrificed her? Wilt say For the Greeks. 9 But it was not in their right to slay child of 'mine. Perhaps, forsooth, he slew my offspring for his brother Menelaus' sake--was he not then bound to expiate to me this wrong? Had not Menelaus himself two children, whom, more than mine, it was meet to sacrifice, born as they were of himself and of that mother for whose sake that fleet went forth? Or could Hades have had strange craving to devour offspring of mine rather than of Helen? Or had their accursed sire put aside all love for the children born of me, while he was loving to those of Menelaus? Was not such deed the sign of. a reckless and perverted father? In truth I deem so--even if I thus speak at variance with thy thought; even she that was slain would say as I, could she have voice agaim( Therefore I feel no remorse for what is done; and if I seem to thee unnatural of heart, get just discernment before thou blamest thy neighbour)ELECT. This time at least thou canst not say that I was first to assail thee with some grievous word, and then heard these taunts from thee. But, with thy leave, I would plead aright for him that is dead and for my sister...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236849213
  • 9781236849212