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?  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.  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,  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,  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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