Some More Lines from Aeschylus’ Eumenides: Frightened old Women and Marriage Beds

Last week we posted some lines from Eumenides on Justice and Law while preparing for a discussion at Hour 25 hosted by our friends at the Center for Hellenic Studies. Here are some other lines that stood out:



“An old woman who is afraid is nothing, just simply a child.”


δείσασα γὰρ γραῦς οὐδέν, ἀντίπαις μὲν οὖν.




“Sleeping lights the mind with new eyes.

But during the day, a mortal’s fate is unseen.”


εὕδουσα γὰρ φρὴν ὄμμασιν λαμπρύνεται,

[ἐν ἡμέρᾳ δὲ μοῖρ’ ἀπρόσκοπος βροτῶν.]




“The fated bed of man and wife is greater than an oath

And guarded by justice”

εὐνὴ γὰρ ἀνδρὶ καὶ γυναικὶ μόρσιμος

ὅρκου ‘στὶ μείζων τῇ δίκῃ φρουρουμένη.



“Taught by horrors, I now know many atonements

And especially when it is right to speak and be silent in turn.”


Ορ.       ἐγὼ διδαχθεὶς ἐν κακοῖς ἐπίσταμαι

πολλοὺς καθαρμούς, καὶ λέγειν ὅπου δίκη

σιγᾶν θ’ ὁμοίως·



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