Euripides, Hippolytus 346

I’m no soothsayer with the power to clearly discern the unseen.

οὐ μάντις εἰμὶ τἀφανῆ γνῶναι σαφῶς.

This same sentiment was expressed more humorously by the slave Davos in Terence’s Andria, line 194: Davo’ sum, non Oedipus!” “I’m just Davos, not Oedipus!”

2 thoughts on “Euripides, Hippolytus 346

  1. That Davos must have been an ambiguous trickster, given that at first Oedipus did not see, and later saw perhaps too clearly.

    But what do I know, I’m just some schmo on wordpress… 😉

    1. Surely enough, that is true within the context of the Sophocles plays, but Oedipus’ most famous deed apart from being his own stepfather is his solution of the Spinx’s riddle, for which he attained a reputation as a man of deep insight and wisdom.

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