Orestes’ Revenge (page 681)

Chapter 17, The Return from Troy

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Sophokles, Elektra 328ff

Enter Chrysothemis, from the house.

What is this speech of yours, sister, which you have come forth yet again to speak at the public doors? [330] Will you not learn with any lapse of time to end your vain indulgence in futile anger? Yet this much I know—that I myself am saddened by our present circumstances; indeed so much so that, could I find the strength, I would bare my feelings towards them. [335] But now, in these evil times I think it best to navigate with shortened sail so that I may not seem to be on the attack, when I am unable to cause harm. I wish that your own conduct were the same! Nevertheless, right is on the side which you favor, not on that which I advise. But if I am to live the life of the freeborn, [340] those in power must be obeyed in all things.  Continue Reading  Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 9.144-45

Three daughters have I in my well-builded hall, [145] Chrysothemis, and Laodice, and Iphianassa  Greek Text

Kypria fr 24 – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, p. 58, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987

See Early Greek Myth p. 582 Lower

Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 23a.15-16 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, pp. 13-14, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

And she in his halls <bore slim-ankled Iphimede> and Elektra who rivaled the goddesses in beauty.  (Transl. T. Gantz)

Edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, March 2023

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