This quantity of 3 of Euripides' so much celebrated performs bargains sleek, cost effective, metrical translations that show the wide variety of results of the playwright's verse, from the idiomatic speech of its discussion to the excessive formality of its choral odes.
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Dochmiacs are a type of lyric meter used to express intense excitement or agitation. They could be used in formal choral odes, for example at Medea 1276–1337, or in lyric dialogue, as at Hippolytus 901–8. In Hippolytus there are two songs in dochmiacs widely separated from each other but still displaying responsion: 386–402 is matched rhythmically by 734–50. There were many SvarleinEuripies-00Bk Page xxxvii Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:04 PM TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE xxxvii variations on the dochmiac, whose basic rhythm was short-LONGshort-short-LONG.
It’s sweet to see the ones we love at night, even in sleep, even very briefly. 20 The hound 365 370 375 [334–360] 20. The singer Orpheus lost his wife, Eurydice, to a snakebite. Overwhelmed with grief, Orpheus descended to the Underworld and asked Hades and Persephone (Demeter’s daughter) for the return of Eurydice. Charmed by his songs, they agreed, on the condition that Orpheus not look back at Eurydice until he and his wife reach the surface of the earth. He cannot resist looking back, and she returns to the dead.
Remember who I am. APOLLO: Oh yes. Despised by gods, detested by men. DEATH: You can’t have what isn’t yours by right. 70 APOLLO: You’ll lose this one, for all your ruthlessness. 7 7. King Eurystheus of Tiryns is a cousin of the hero Heracles and the master for whom Heracles must perform his Twelve Labors. While there is no canonical version of the labors’ motivation, Alcestis makes no reference to Heracles needing to atone for the murders of his family, so it likely engages the version that had Heracles serving Eurystheus because Zeus boasted just SvarleinEuripies-00Bk Page 7 Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:04 PM [68–88] ALCESTIS 7 Admetus’ house will make this guest feel welcome, and he’ll take back Admetus’ wife by force.