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Critical Notes On The Cantica Of Euripides’ Andromache

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The antistrophe begins with recapitulation of the goddesses' coming to the lonely α ὐή (281-3) of Paris in the forests of Mount Ida, while adding the beauty-enhancing 'bathing', before the going/coming to Paris himself, and the narrative of what happened after that. In 475 Kovacs accepts cτάcιν, proposed by Diggle as in line with the accusatives in 467. But those accusatives are in apposition to preceding accusative phrases. The indictment of Apollo proceeds, with a shift of focus to the god's dealings with Orestes and his relations: it was in obedience to Apollo's oracular κέλευμα ‡ (command) that Orestes killed his mother. And now 'unbelievably' the κέλωρ (son) of Agamemnon has journeyed back from Argos and entered the adyta, despite pollution as a matricide † … †.

Keywords: antistrophe; Apollo; Kovacs; Orestes



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