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Lichen or the Dementors

In Harry Potter, the Dementors suck the joy out of their victims. As J.K.Rowling had studied classics, I imagine that the source of Dementors were the furies or Eumenides. In this passage from Aeschylus, the Eumenides say what will happen … Continue reading

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A mortal blow

Alas I have been struck a mortal blow within. ὤμοι, πέπληγμαι καιρίαν πληγὴν ἔσω. These are the words that Agmemnon utters in Aeschylus’ play as he is murdered in his bath. The murder took place off stage so the audience … Continue reading

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Pylades in the Libation Bearers

Ὀρέστης: Πυλάδη τί δράσω; μητέρ᾽ αἰδεσθῶ κτανεῖν; Πυλάδης: ποῦ δὴ τὰ λοιπὰ Λοξίου μαντεύματα τὰ πυθόχρηστα, πιστὰ δ᾽ εὐορκώματα; ἅπαντας ἐχθροὺς τῶν θεῶν ἡγοῦ πλέον. Orestes: Pylades, what shall I do? Shall I spare my mother out of pity?Pylades: What … Continue reading

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