Okay, I just didn’t have anything in mind for this week’s Words Crush Wednesday, and decided to make it easier by posting a fragment.
This is a fragment from an unknown play of Sophocles:
He being dead, I long to die with him.
(From the Loeb Classical Library’s book of Sophocles fragments, translated by Hugh Lloyd-Jones.) The line was apparently found in the Anthology of Stobaeus, but I don’t know the context.
If it came from Sophocles’ Memnon, then it could theoretically be Achilles talking about Patroclos…but it’s probably not. (Or, I suppose, if it was from that play, it could be Achilles talking about Antilochos, for that matter. But Patroclos would make more sense.) It’s probably either a woman talking about her husband or a parent talking about their son or a child talking about their father. (Just about exhausted the possibilities there, didn’t I?)