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Eur. Med. 1268

Postby zsnowstorm » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:37 am

I'm having problem with this sentence:

χαλεπὰ γὰρ βροτοῖς ὁμογενῆ μιάσματ᾽, ἕπεται δ᾽ ἅμ᾽ αὐτοφόνταις ξυνῳδὰ θεόθεν πίτνοντ᾽ ἐπὶ δόμοις ἄχη.

The second clause confuses me a bit. To begin with I don't know what ξυνῳδὰ means and I haven't found it in Perseus but it must be the subject and it should be a neutral noun in plural which goes with πίτνοντ᾽ so ξυνῳδὰ follow the murderers falling from the gods to (the murderers') houses and then I have no idea how ἄχη fit in here and what i means. I would appreciate if someone could help me out with the parts I don't get in this sentence.
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Re: Eur. Med. 1268

Postby spiphany » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:24 pm

Try συνῳδα ("harmonious, singing in accord"). ξυν- for συν- is a fairly common substitution, but it's confusing until you've seen it a few times.

ἄχη (neuter pl. from ἄχος, "anguish, distress"). Both ξυνῳδα and πίτνοντα modify it.

Kovacs has "woes harmonious [with their deeds]".
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)
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Re: Eur. Med. 1268

Postby zsnowstorm » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:47 pm

Aha, I didn't know about the συν -> ξυν thing, that's what caused me the problems. I sort of get the feeling I should have encountered this before but must've forgotten about it then. Are there any rules for when this can happen?

Thanks a lot anyways I get it now. :D
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