Two scenes of combat in Euripides

Journal of Hellenic Studies 90:15-21 (1970)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The lines come from the messenger's speech describing the attack of the Delphians on Neoptolemus, a passage which I have discussed elsewhere in connexion with the tradition of Neoptolemus as inventor of the armed Pyrrhic dance. LSJ seem to be in several minds about the meaning and connexion of some of the words describing the missiles used by the Delphians. S.v. ‘σφαγεύς’, they give ‘sacrificial knife, spit’ uniquely of a word elsewhere meaning ‘slayer, murderer’, etc.. S.v. ‘βουπόρος’, they cite ἀμφωβόλοι σφαγῆς … βουπόροι ‘spitst fit to pierce an ox's throat’—i.e. taking σφαγῆς as gen. sing., rather oddly dependent on βουπόροι. S.v. ‘ἔκλυτος’, they quote this passage, again uniquely, in the sense ‘easy to let go, light, buoyant, of missiles’. This last seems even less likely than Wecklein's ohne Riemen or the Budé's doubles dards sans poignée, which presumably invoke a rather frigid contrast of the true javelins fitted with thongs and the spits, sharp at both ends, which were pressed into service of a similar sort, but of course had to be thrown without this attachment: but these implements could hardly be described as ἔκλυτοι of thongs which they never had at all in the first place!With Murray's punctuation, since a combination of a, b, c τε, d is scarcely credible, σφαγῆς βουπόροι is presumably not to be taken as the description of a separate type of weapon, but as an explanatory appositional phrase with ἀμφώβολοι. This interpretation is found in the schol, ὀβελίσκοι σφάττειν δυνάμενοι and followed by Hermann and Paley.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,517

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

A Meaning of ΠΡΕΣΒΕΥΕΣΘΑΙ.Harry C. Avery - 1990 - Classical Quarterly 40 (02):545-.
A Meaning Of Πρεσβευεσθαι.Harry C. Avery - 1990 - Classical Quarterly 40 (2):545-546.
Eyxomai EyxΩ9Bh_ and _EyxoΣ in Homer.A. W. H. Adkins - 1969 - Classical Quarterly 19 (01):20-.
On describing actions.David Rayfield - 1970 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 13 (1-4):90 – 99.
‘House’ and ‘Palace’ in Homer.Mary O. Knox - 1970 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 90:117-120.
A note on Virgil, Aeneid 5.315–19.M. Dyson - 1998 - Classical Quarterly 48 (02):569-572.


Added to PP

13 (#1,062,995)

6 months
5 (#879,763)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references