By Sophocles, Robert Bagg, James Scully
Award-winningpoet-playwrights Robert Bagg and James Scully presenta gripping new translation of Western literature’s earliest treasures in TheComplete performs of Sophocles. within the culture of Robert Fagles’bestselling translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey, andretaining the textual authenticity of Richmond Lattimore’sAeschylus, Bagg and Scully render Sophocles’ dramasaccessible and intriguing for the fashionable reader. scholars new to Athenian drama,readers of classical literature, and somebody wishing to kindle anew theirpassion for Greek tragedy will locate not more fascinating front to thesemilestones of worldwide literature than in Bagg andScully’s The entire performs of Sophocles.
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TEUCER. Why have you ever spent your breath in such proud phrases? MENELAUS. it truly is my excitement, and his who principles the host. TEUCER. and can we listen what cause you proffer? MENELAUS. This, that after we had was hoping we have been bringing him from domestic to be an best friend and a chum for the Greeks we stumbled on him, on trial, a worse than Phrygian foe. He plotted dying for the entire host, and sallied by means of evening opposed to us, to slay with the spear. If a few god had no longer quenched this test ours could were the lot which he has discovered, to lie slain through an ignoble doom, whereas he might were residing. yet now a god has became his outrage apart, to fall on sheep and livestock. there's no guy so robust, for that reason, as to entomb the corpse of Ajax; no, he will likely be forged forth someplace at the yellow sand and develop into nutrients for the birds via the ocean. Then increase no hurricane of indignant threats. If we weren't in a position to keep an eye on him whereas he lived, at the least we will rule him in loss of life, no matter if you are going to or no, and keep watch over him with our palms. whereas he lived there has been by no means a time while he might take heed to my phrases. it's the signal of an unworthy nature while an issue doesn't deign to obey those who find themselves set over him. by no means can legislation have filthy rich direction in a urban the place dread has no position; nor can a camp be governed discreetly any longer if it lack the guarding strength of worry and reverence. No, although a man’s body have waxed effective, he may still glance to fall, maybe via a mild blow. the guy who has worry, and therewith disgrace, ensure that he's secure; yet the place there's license to insult and act willfully, doubt no longer that this sort of kingdom, even though favoring gales have sped her, will a few day, ultimately, sink into the depths. No, the place worry is right enable me see worry too demonstrated; allow us to now not dream that we will act in line with our wants with no paying the cost in our pains. this stuff come via turns. This guy used to be sizzling and insolent; now it's my hour to be haughty. I alert you to not bury him, lest via that deed you your self should still come to want a grave. refrain. Menelaus, after laying down clever precepts don't your self be responsible of shock at the lifeless. TEUCER. by no means, neighbors, shall i ponder extra if a lowborn guy offends after his type once they who're accounted of noble blood enable such scandalous phrases to go their lips. Come, inform me from the 1st as soon as more—do you assert that you simply introduced the guy right here to the Greeks as an best friend chanced on via you? Did he no longer sail forth of his personal act, as his personal grasp? What declare have you ever to be his leader? On what flooring have you ever a correct to kingship of the lieges whom he introduced from domestic? As Sparta’s king you got here, no longer as grasp over us. Nowhere was once it laid down between your lawful powers for you to dictate to him, any longer than he to you. You sailed right here lower than the command of others, now not as leader of all, so you may still ever be captain over Ajax. No, lord it over them whose lord you're, lash them along with your proud phrases; yet this guy i'm going to duly lay within the grave even though you forbid it—aye, or your brother-chief—nor shall I tremble at your observe.