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πατρὸς ψυχὴνζῶσαν=“"my father's life, if it could live again,"”=simply “πατέρα ζῶντα”: not, “"his departed spirit, if it could visit this world."

ψυχή in the trag. never means “"a departed spirit"” ( Il. 23.104ψυχὴ καὶ εἴδωλον”), but always the anima of the living: cp. Aesch. Ag. 1456 (of Helen) “μία τὰς πολλὰς ψυχὰς ὀλέσασ᾽ ὑπὸ Τροίᾳ”. For the periphrasis here cp.

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: Ant. 559 δ᾽ ἐμὴ ψυχὴ πάλαι τέθνηκεν”.

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    • Sophocles, Antigone, 559
    • Sophocles, Electra, 1126
    • Homer, Iliad, 23.104
    • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 1456
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