previous next

κολώνης ἐξ ἄκρας is best taken with “νεορρύτους”,—‘which had newly streamed from the top of the mound’; this suits “πηγάς”.—Others understand, ‘I saw on the top of the mound streams of milk which had been newly poured there,’ and compare 742 “ἐξ ὀρθῶν δίφρων”. (For “ἐκ” in phrases describing position, cp. Ant. 411 n.)

γάλακτος: cp. Eur. Or. 114ἐλθοῦσα δ᾽ ἀμφὶ τὸν Κλυταιμνήστρας τάφον” | “μελίκρατ᾽ ἄφες γάλακτος οἰνωπόν τ᾽ ἄχνην”.

περιστεφῆἀνθέων: cp. O. T. 83πολυστεφὴς..δάφνης” (n.).

ἔστιν, not “ἐστὶν”, as the sense is, ‘exist.’

θήκην, here denoting the “κολώνη”, was a general term for a sepulchre, whatever its form might be; thus Plato says (Legg. 947 D) “θήκην δὲ ὑπὸ γῆς αὐτοῖς εἰργασμένην εἶναι ψαλίδα” (vault) “προμήκη λίθων”: and Thuc. applies the word in one place to movable grave-fittings or coffins (1. 8 § 1 “θηκῶν ἀναιρεθεισῶν”), in another to monuments (3. 58 § 4 “ἀποβλέψατε..ἐς πατέρων..θήκας”).

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide References (3 total)
  • Commentary references from this page (3):
    • Euripides, Orestes, 114
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 411
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 83
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: