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Euripides, Andromache 103–125: Metre And Text

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Andromache has spoken the prologue, followed by dialogue with a maidservant and further soliloquy, from which she proceeds to sing an unusual elegiac lament. The elegiac distich is a strophic form which enjoyed more popularity and diffusion than all the rest put together, already in use on both sides of the Aegean a century before it became fashionable for epitaphs at Athens. Andromaches ἔλεγοϲ is thus in epodic strophes with an ancient, if imperfectly traceable, heritage. Corruption of εϲευναν to εουϲαν is more credible than the corruption postulated by Diggle. οῦϲαν does, after all, give sense of a sort, with τλαµον understood as τλάµονα so that ουϲαν might well have intruded from a gloss mistaken as a correction.

Keywords: εϲευναν; εουϲαν; Andromache; elegiac distich



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