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Sophocles, Antigone, 223


nanGUARD: My liege, I will not say that I come breathless from speed, or that have plied a nimble foot; for often did my thoughts make me pause, and wheel round in my path, to return. My mind was holding large discourse with me; 'Fool, why goest thou to thy certain doom?' 'Wretch, tarrying again? And if Creon hears this from another, must not thou smart for it?' So debating, I went on my way with lagging steps, and thus a short road was made long. At last, however, it carried the day that I should come hither-to thee; and, though my tale be nought, yet will I tell it; for I come with a good grip on one hope,-that I can suffer nothing but what is my fate. CREON: And what is it that disquiets thee thus? GUARD: I wish to tell thee first about myself-I did not do the deed-I did not see the doer-it were not right that I should come to any harm. CREON: Thou hast a shrewd eye for thy mark; well dost thou fence thyself round against the blame; clearly thou hast some strange thing to tell. GUARD: Aye, truly; dread news makes one pause long. CREON: Then tell it, wilt thou, and so get thee gone? GUARD: Well, this is it.-The corpse-some one hath just given it burial, and gone away,-after sprinkling thirsty dust on the flesh, with such other rites as piety enjoins. CREON: What sayest thou? What living man hath dared this deed? GUARD: I know not; no stroke of pickaxe was seen there, no earth thrown up by mattock; the ground was hard and dry, unbroken, without track of wheels; the doer was one who had left no trace. And when the first day-watchman showed it to us, sore wonder fell on all. The dead man was veiled from us; not shut within a tomb, but lightly strewn with dust, as by the hand of one who shunned a curse. And no sign met the eye as though any beast of prey or any dog had come nigh to him, or torn him. Then evil words flew fast and loud among us, guard accusing guard; and it would e'en have come to blows at last, nor was there any to hinder. Every man was the culprit, and no one was convicted, but all disclaimed knowledge of the deed. And we were ready to take red-hot iron in our hands, to walk through fire, to make oath by the gods that we had not done the deed, that we were not privy to the planning or the doing. At last, when all our searching was fruitless, one spake, who made us all bend our faces on the earth in fear; for we saw not how we could gainsay him, or escape mischance if we obeyed. His counsel was that this deed must be reported to thee, and not hidden. And this seemed best; and the lot doomed my hapless self to win this prize. So here I stand,-as unwelcome as unwilling, well I wot; for no man delights in the bearer of bad news.


nanMy king, I will not say that I arrive breathless because of speed, or from the action of a swift foot.


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

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1. Sophocles, Ajax, 867-869, 866 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

2. Sophocles, Antigone, 163, 174, 224-232, 332-376, 509, 690-691, 162 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

3. Sophocles, Oedipus At Colonus, 325, 353-360, 324 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
ajax (sophocles), and minor characters Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 304
antigone, and minor characters Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 304
antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 483
antigone (sophocles), episodes in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 483
apolōla Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
arrival, first Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
asia, as origin of pelops Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
audience, theatre Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 122
characters Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 304
chrysothemis, as a messenger Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
creon, arrival of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
creon Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 512
dialogue, sung Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
ehrenberg, v. Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 122
electra, and orestes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
electra (sophocles), episodes in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
episodes, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 483
episodes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
fictive founder Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
fictive founders Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
foundation legends, peloponnesus' Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
foundation legends Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
general parodos, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 483
guard, of antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 304
humble, minor characters as the Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 304
information, from the outside Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
ismene, as a messenger Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
laius Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 122
messengers, use of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
oedipus, and the messenger Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
oedipus at colonus (sophocles), episodes in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
oedipus the king (sophocles), episodes in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
orestes, and electra Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
peloponnesus, foundation legend Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
pelops, as founder Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
personality, of minor characters Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 304
philoctetes (sophocles), episodes in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
pindar Gruen, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity (2011) 227
polyneices Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 122
polynices (oedipuss son), burial of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263, 304
recognition scene Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 758
sailors, in ajax Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 304
soldiers, of ajax Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 304
structure, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 483
tiresias, as a messenger Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263
women of trachis, the (sophocles), episodes in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 263