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Lycophron, Alexandra, 31


αἰαῖ, τάλαινα θηλαμών, κεκαυμένηAlas! hapless nurse of mine burnt even aforetime by the warlike pineships of the lion that was begotten in three evenings, whom of old Triton's hound of jagged teeth devoured with his jaws. But he, a living carver of the monster's liver, seething in steam of cauldron on a flameless hearth, shed to ground the bristles of his head; he the slayer of his children, the destroyer of my fatherland; who smote his second mother invulnerable with grievous shaft upon the breast; who, too, in the midst of the race-course seized in his arms the body of his wrestler sire beside the steep hill of Cronus, where is the horse-affrighting tomb of earth-born Ischenus; who also slew the fierce hound that watched the narrow straits of the Ausonian sea, fishing over her cave, the bull-slaying lioness whom her father restored again to life, burning her flesh with brands: she who feared not Leptynis, goddess of the underworld. But one day with swordless guile a dead corse slew him: yea, even him who of old overcame Hades; I see thee, hapless city, fired a second time by Aeaceian hands and by such remains as the funeral fire spared to abide in Letrina of the son of Tantalus when his body was devoured by the flames, with the winged shafts of the neat-herd Teutarus; all which things the jealous spouse shall bring to light, sending her son to indicate the land, angered by her father's taunts, for her bed's sake and because of the alien bride. And herself, the skilled in drugs, seeing the baleful wound incurable of her husband wounded by the giant-slaying arrows of his adversary, shall endure to share his doom, from the topmost towers to the new slain corpse hurtling herself head foremost, and pierced by sorrow for the dead shall breathe forth her soul on the quivering body.


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Euripides, Medea, 1031-1044, 1048, 1053-1056, 1071-1080, 1030 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

1030. in vain did suffer, racked with anguish, enduring the cruel pangs of childbirth. ’Fore Heaven I once had hope, poor me! high hope of ye that you would nurse me in my age and deck my corpse with loving hands
2. Euripides, Trojan Women, 105 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

105. Ah me! ah me! What else but tears is now my hapless lot, whose country, children, husband, all are lost? Ah! the high-blown pride of ancestors, humbled! how brought to nothing after all!
3. Lycophron, Alexandra, 1048-1055, 1087-1089, 1109, 1206-1207, 1226-1284, 1291, 1295, 1362-1368, 1372-1373, 139-140, 1451-1460, 1464-1465, 178, 216-218, 224-228, 249-257, 307, 361, 379-380, 387-398, 405-408, 455, 52, 550-559, 584-585, 592-632, 69-71, 712-716, 722-725, 738-743, 799-800, 812-813, 856-858, 911-913, 919-930, 984-992, 1047 (4th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

4. Anon., Sibylline Oracles, 3.311 (1st cent. BCE - 5th cent. CE)

3.311. And called her son. And at the time he came
5. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 10.214-10.216, 13.398 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)



Subjects of this text:

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ahl, frederick, aiai! Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 120
alexandra, and catalogue poetry Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
alexandra, and history/historiography Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
alexandra, and laments for the fall of cities Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
alexandra, and the sibylline oracles Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
alexandra, guard, character of Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 107
alexandra, monodrama Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 107
alexandra, women as victims of male violence, in Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
alexandra Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 107, 113
alexandra (lycophron), messenger structure Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 120
alexandra (lycophron), relationship to earlier tragedies Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 120, 121
alexandra (lycophron) Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 120, 121
antipater of sidon, epigrammatist Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
catalogue poetry Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
characters, tragic/mythical, ajax, locrian Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 107
characters, tragic/mythical, cassandra (alexandra) Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 107
characters, tragic/mythical, hesione Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
characters, tragic/mythical, mestra Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
characters, tragic/mythical, priam Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 107
corinth Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
fire imagery, alexandra Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 121
hesiod Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
lament Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 121
miscommunication, complexity and fragmentation Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 120
old testament/septuagint, daniel, book of Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
prophecies of cassandra, fall of troy Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 121
prophecy, and time Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 121
segesta Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 113
sparta Liapis and Petrides, Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century: A Survey from ca (2019) 107
time, circularity and repetition' Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 121
troy, greek perceptions of Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 120
troy, repeated destructions Pillinger, Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature (2019) 121