Clytaemnestra has argued that she was justified in slaying
Agamemnon, because he had slain Iphigeneia. The topics of
Electra's reply are as follows.
(1) 558—562. The wife who slew her husband would be a
criminal, even if the motive had been just retribution; but the
real motive was her love for Aegisthus. (2) 563—576.
Agamemnon was not a free agent in slaying Iphigeneia; the act
was forced upon him by Artemis. (3) 577—583. Suppose,
however, that he was a free agent, and wished to please his
brother; still she was not justified in taking his life. (4)
584—594. And in any case her plea does not excuse her
for living with the man who helped to slay her
husband.—The speech then closes in a strain of
reproach and defiance (595 —609).
same formula as in 892 and Ant. 245,—“καὶδὴ” expressing prompt compliance.
Cp. also 1436, Ant. 1464.The
sense of πατέρα is
relative to the speaker, and not (as would be more natural) to
the subject of φὴς:
see on Tr. 1125“τῆςπατροφόντουμητρός”. —For the doubled
“ἄν”, cp. 333 f.
Sophocles: The Plays and Fragments, with critical notes, commentary, and translation in English prose. Part VI: The Electra. Sir Richard C. Jebb. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. 1894.
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