« السابقةمتابعة »
Where in barren lands no tree,
Fann'd by the balmy breeze can be,
A clime of rude inclemency,
Place me—beneath Sol's car too near—
In torrid zone—unpeopled sphere,
Still shall my Lalage be dear,
CARMINUM LIBER TERTIUs, ODE XIII.
As crystal clear, Bandusian spring—
To-morrow shall a victim bring
Whose young expanding brow in vain
The scorching Sirius' burning ray,
Thou dost refreshing cool display
Thou shalt become a famous spring,
Above thy hollow mountains, sing,
5. REMARKs on SoPHocLEs, Antig. 593 and 676.
THE following passage in the Antigone of Sophocles (593), has been variously interpreted. Instead of the common reading köves, the more appropriate expression córis has been given by Brunck, Wunder, and Gaisford. The words of the Chorus are, vöv Yàp daydras irép fligas
duá woves, (xd7ts) Adorov to divoča, ka? ppevièv "Epwus. Before understanding the propriety of changing kövts into wors, it is necessary to ascertain the precise meaning of the verb katauá. Donaldson, in his edition of the Antigone, translates the passage, “For now what light had beamed o'er the last root within the house of GEdipus, again the deathful dust of gods that reign below is levelled o'er it, by foolish speech and frantic indignation.” This translation does not seem to convey the precise meaning of the words. With what propriety can it be said that the “deathful dust of gods k. T. N. is levelled o'er the light;" and “foolish speech and frantic indignation levelled o'er it?” because, \dotov divoča and opertov "Epwus are subjects of the same verb as Köves or Körts, and the nouns which form the subjects are not in the dative case, as might be inferred from the translation. The learned editor, in his new Cratylus, takes the root to be the same as that of ona Mós, and the original signification to be that of levelling, laying low. I have great doubts of the correctness of this affinity of the two words. It appears evident that the verb dudu is connected with the adverb dua, together, gathered together; and hence the verb, in Homer and other authors, always signifies to gather together, generally, the ears of corn in reaping; and then, to cut them down : metaphorically, to reap.–Il. xviii. 531; Herodot. vi. 28; AEschyl. Ag. 1042; Aristoph. Eq. 392. Katauá will thus signify, to cut down, cut off, and hence, to extinguish the light in the house of GEdipus. Now, if cataná should be taken in this latter sense, or even in the primary meaning, the noun xdvis is altogether inapplicable as the subject; but Körts assuredly is applicable, as denoting the instrument by which the light in the house of GEdipus was cut off, was extinguished. The metaphorical expression is not more violent than similar ones in all the Attic poets, as 370a \uðv oiktev Teaeiv, AEschyl. Choēph. 913. The next question is, who are the parties referred to by the Chorus in the above passage 2 There can be no doubt that Eteocles and Polynices are meant in the first place; the fatal duel, decided by the corts, is shadowed out by the words, cat' at vov potvia betov táv vep7éptev duo közis. But to whom are we to apply the following line, Adorov 7' divota ka? ppersov "Epovvs 2 Donaldson says, “It is clear that this is predicated of Antigone, whose inconsiderate language to Creon, coupled with the feeling of resentment at the violation of religious or— dinances in the case of Polyneikes, had led to her condemnation.” To me it is clear that both expressions cannot be predicated of Antigone. The Chorus might think that her language to Creon, in boldly avowing the pious act which she had accomplished, and defying his vengeance, was inconsiderate. But she gave no proofs, in that painful interview, of frantic indignation. Her language and demeanour were calm but determined. The ‘ppevièv Epwws unquestionably refers to Creon, who
had displayed a temper and disposition of the blackest kind, and of the most furious nature. The chorus durst not express openly the opinion of his tyrannical and violent conduct; as, according to the language of Antigone, he had gagged their mouths, psoas xotzo", goi to it. AAoval aroua, 507. Thus, by his cruel mandate, another of the scions of the house of GEdipus was to be cut off ; another light extinguished. The lines may now be thus translated and paraphrased : For now the light that was shed over the last roots in the house of GEdipus, that again the bloody sword of the infernal Gods has eatinguished, by the mutual slaughter of his two sons, and the inconsiderate speech of Antigone, and the frantic rage of Creon, are working the same end.
€7& 6' 6" tes ai, Aj Aérets opoios Táce,
oëT' du Čuva'umv, ań7' oria Ta'uqu Ménew
ovoito uévrāv Xa7épio KuMos exov.—Antig. 676.
In the two first lines there appear to me to be two errors, which have escaped the notice of the editors and commentators on this play. In the first, 67tes is said to be used for 671, and is construed with the present indicative. Matthiae, in his Grammar, $ 623, 3, quotes the above passage in confirmation of this construction. But he and the other editors appear to have considered the conditional negative ui, as qualifying the adverb épôos. Now, I know of no example where this conditional particle qualifies such an adverb. I believe, where a negative is used, it is always the absolute negative oi or oix. ui) ought to be taken with Örws, and then it requires the subjunctice. I have no doubt that the genuine reading ought to be, do to orws at ui, Aéons optos tite, But I, how you may not be saying these things correctly, a more guarded expression on the part of Haemon, and more in conformity with the conditional statement in the following line, than the common, But I, that you are using this language not correctly, or justly. The other error is in the use of wore in the second clause in the line
following. The genuine construction requires oize, not usre, after of 7e in the first clause. If, as the editors suppose, aste is used denoting a wish, then it should not have been accompanied with the connecting particle re. But the legitimate construction, when oore is used in the first clause, requires the same negative in the next. Thus in the same Play, l. 185, oit' ov atten jaatu, 7), drov opævareikovaav do toss duri Tijs a wompilas, oft' av på Nov trot' dropa fwauevi. x0ovos 0eu71. Čuavtić-But it is altogether inconsistent with the language afterwards used by Haemon to his father, to make him say, as Donaldson has done in his translation, “and may I ne'er be skilled to tax with error these thy words.". He shews no want of skill in taxing his father, in the course of the dialogue, with injustice and oppression
The whole of the ensuing dialogue between the father and the son shews the utter inconsistency of making:Haemon express a wish, that he may merer have the knowledge to tax his father with error. There is a similar false reading in the reply of Antigone to Creon, when he said that his every wish would be satisfied by her death, to 877a ué\\ets; tos éuoi Tôv adov \dotov àpeo Tov oběčv, umě' &peodein Toré.-498. , Donaldson's translation is:— “Why loiter thout the words which thou hast spoken Displease me, all, and ne'er may such words please me!” The construction is faulty, and the sentiment equally faulty. It was neither consistent with the character of Antigone nor with her situation to say, and ne'er may such words please me ! The reading should be, oić'dpeadein Toré, the particle àv being understood, nor can they ever please me. It seems strange that so good a scholar as Mr. Donaldson should have perversely and pertinaciously substituted the Ionic adverb civeka instead of obvera, or 600 overa, as used by the Attic poets in tragic dialogues; evexa may be used in the choral odes, but never in dialogue. I do not know his reasons for introducing it instead of the legitimate adverb; but I should suppose he would be imitated by no scholar who has paid attention to the dialects used by the tragic poets. Ionisms, no doubt, are occasionally found, but these are never introduced in dialogues nor speeches, except where the versification requires them.
G. DUNBAR. 14th June 1848.
1. MYTHOLOGLE SEPTENTRIONALIs MonumeNTA EPIGRAPHICA LATINA. Edidit varietate lectionis et annotatione instruxit Joannes de Wal. Trajecti ad Rhenum. 8, 1847. Tom. I. (London, Williams & Norgate.)
THE author of this book defends himself against the accusation, which possibly might be made, that he has published a number of documents, which being printed in the well-known work of Orelli, Inscriptiones Latinae, and in other works on Archaeology, or in Transactions of different scientific Societies, are already in the hands of scholars. We think he need not be greatly afraid of such an objection, as he himself must be aware, that even by collecting the documents for his purpose from Orelli's Latin Inscriptions, and those other works whose aim is generally a very limited one both in respect of place and time, a certain merit must be conceded to his efforts; and those who are studying the origines of the nations of modern Europe, will undoubtedly hail this publication of a corpus inscriptionum of northern mythology during the latter centuries of the Roman empire.
The times of childhood of a people are always the obscurest to posterity; the documents of religion, or better mythology, which are for a long while mixed up with some true history, are scanty at such a period: so it was with the Greeks, the Romans, the Gauls, and the Germans. But the two latter have certainly an advantage in this respect; for some light was thrown upon the rude state of their first ages by the greatest and noblest Romans, Caesar and Tacitus, who conquered the territories and studied the characters of their northern neighbours; and new sources for a better understanding of those dark periods are continually opened by digging up monuments, which the victorious Romans, or perhaps a military or civil office-bearer, had dedicated to a local deity on the banks of the Danube and the Rhine, in Gaul or Britain. In the book before us, the relics of this kind are for the first time systematically collected, and the first volume contains especially inscriptions from altar-tablets or monument-stones.
The collection comprehends altogether 346 inscriptions, some longer and some shorter, sometimes perfectly preserved, often very much worn out and destroyed by time and circumstances. Each piece is printed in the original capital letters, abbreviations and lines, fol