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No guest so welcome, lady. He is sitting in the house—in bonds. I do not mean him to die just yet. What would you do first? What larger advantage would you win? The unlucky man; what will you do to him? Do not torture the wretch so cruelly. In all else, Athena, have your will, I say; but his doom shall be no other than this. Since it pleases you to do this, then, do not hold your hand, do not abate one jot of your intention.
I go to my work. Always stand at my side, I charge you, as you have stood today! Do you see, Odysseus, how great is the strength of the gods? Whom could you have found more prudent than this man or more valiant for the service of the time? I pity him in his misery for all that he is my foe, because he is bound fast to a dread doom. I think of my own lot no less than his. For I see that we are but phantoms, all we who live, or fleeting shadows.
Marking such things, therefore, see that your own lips never speak a haughty word against the gods, and assume no proud posture if you prevail above another in prowess or by store of ample wealth. For a day can humble all human things and a day can lift them up, but the wise of heart are loved of the gods, and the evil are abhorred.
Son of Telamon, you whose wave-girt Salamis is firmly throned upon the sea, when your fortunes are fair I rejoice, but when the stroke of Zeus comes upon you, or the angry rumor of the Danai with noise of evil tongues, then I tremble and am in great fear, like a winged dove with troubled eye. And so, telling of the night now spent, loud murmurs beset us for our shame; telling how you visited the meadow wild with steeds and destroyed the cattle of the Greeks, their spoil, prizes of the spear which had not yet been shared, slaying them with flashing sword.
Such are the whispered slanders that Odysseus breathes into all ears, and he wins large belief. For now the tale that he tells of you is specious; and each hearer rejoices more than he who told, despitefully exulting in your woes. Yes, point your arrow at a noble spirit and you shall not miss; but should a man speak such things against me he would win no faith. Yet the small without the great can ill be trusted to guard the walls; lowly leagued with great will prosper best, great served by less. But foolish men cannot be led to learn these truths.
Even such are the men who rail against you, and we are helpless to repel these charges without you, O King. Verily, when they have escaped your eye they chatter like flocking birds; but terrified by the mighty vulture, suddenly, if you should perchance appear, they will cower still and dumb.
Was it the Tauric Artemis, child of Zeus, that drove you—O dread rumor, parent of my shame! Or can it have been the mail-clad Lord of War that was wroth for dishonor to his aiding spear and took vengeance by nightly wiles? Never of your own heart, son of Telamon, would you have gone so far astray as to fall upon the flocks.
Verily, when the gods send madness it must come; but may Zeus and Phoebus avert the evil rumor of the Greeks! And if the great chiefs charge you falsely in the rumors which they spread, or sons of the wicked line of Sisyphus, forbear, O my king, forbear to win me an evil name by still keeping your face thus hidden in the tent by the sea. Nay, up from your seat, wheresoever you are brooding in this pause of many days from battle, making the flame of mischief blaze up to heaven! But the insolence of your foes goes abroad without fear in the breezy glens, while all men mock with taunts most grievous; and my sorrow passes not away.
Mariners of Ajax, of the race that springs from the Erechtheidae, sons of the soil—mourning is the portion of us who care for the house of Telamon far away. Ajax, our dread lord of rugged might, now lies stricken with a storm that darkens the soul. Daughter of the Phrygian Teleutas, speak; for to you, his spear-won bride, bold Ajax has borne a constant love. You may therefore hint the answer with knowledge. Oh, how shall I tell a tale too dire for words? Terrible as death is the fate which you must hear.
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Seized with madness in the night, our glorious Ajax has been utterly undone. For evidence you may see within his dwelling the butchered victims weltering in their blood, sacrifices of no hand but his. What tidings of the fiery warrior have you told, not to be borne nor yet escaped, tidings which the mighty Danai noise abroad, which their strong rumor spreads! Woe is me, I dread the doom to come. Shamed before all eyes, the man will die, if his frenzied hand has slain with dark sword the herds and the horse-guiding herdsmen. It was from those pastures that he came to me with his captive flock!
Of part he cut the throats on the floor within; some he rent asunder, hewing their sides. Then he caught up two white-footed rams. Of one he sheared off the head and the tongue-tip and flung them away; the other he bound upright to a pillar, and seized a heavy thong of harness, and flogged with shrill, doubled lash, while he uttered revilings which a god, and no mortal had taught.
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Read reviews that mention greek tragedy complete plays james scully many of these translations plays of aristophanes translations are nearly unread translation edition english text translators ancient comedy language literature modern stage told aias laugh. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. My particular pleasure in this edition is that the translation renders much of the more gross and dross flavors of Aristophanes in a slightly higher and more refined manner.
It is not simply dropping profanity and obscene behavior like some of the more modern interpretations. This one offers higher language and cleaner scene expressions.
The Complete Plays of Sophocles
There is only so much one can do with Aristophanes, and I believe this Edition does so. One person found this helpful. The translation is as lively as can be, really vivid turn on Sophocles. Not at all stilted. Makes it come to life. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. The translators do add some stage cues but I think they enhance the story. You may look at the Bantam Classics edition of Aristophanes and think "Wow, what a deal! These translations are stilted, archaic and endlessly frustrating - obscuring not only the timeless humor of the plays, but occasionally the basic elements of the plot as well.
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