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Euripides, Heracleidae (ed. David Kovacs), line 1018 (search)
es both the proposal Alcmene made in 1022-4 and the hero's tomb for Eurystheus on which his benefactions to Athens depend. Moreover, Alcmene's next words are a justification for killing, not for leaving to the dogs. Some editors put a lacuna after 1052. Had Alcmene suggested leaving Eurystheus unburied, of course, someone would have had to reply to her, if only to prevent the loss of the benefits to Athens of the hero's tomb. But 1053 joins nicely on to 1052, and there is no indication of incomps to Athens depend. Moreover, Alcmene's next words are a justification for killing, not for leaving to the dogs. Some editors put a lacuna after 1052. Had Alcmene suggested leaving Eurystheus unburied, of course, someone would have had to reply to her, if only to prevent the loss of the benefits to Athens of the hero's tomb. But 1053 joins nicely on to 1052, and there is no indication of incompleteness in syntax. For you must not hope that you will live to exile me yet again from my native land.