Words Crush Wednesday – Fragmentary

Published December 23, 2015 by Iphis of Scyros

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?)



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