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Lament and Inscription


Lament for the Athenians Who Fell in Sicily

“After their defeat and destruction Euripides composed a lament or epitaph:

These men won eight victories over the Syracusans when the favour of the Gods was equal for both sides.

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Plutarch Life of Nicias
“According to Eparchides, the poet Euripides was once staying in the isle of Icaros, when a certain woman and her children, two grown-up sons and one unmarried daughter, all died of poisonous mushrooms which they ate in the fields, whereupon he composed the following inscription:

O Sun whose path lies through the unaging vault of heaven, did thy eye ever behold so sad a thing as a mother and a maiden daughter and two sons perishing on the same destined day?1

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Athenaeus Doctors at Dinner [on mushrooms]

1 for examples of E.'s use of Elegy in tragedy see Eur. Andr. 103 ff. and Lyra Graeca iii. 663, and for the lyric poem to Alcibiades Ibid. 240

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