Hopefully someone with a knowledge of ancient Greek can answer my question. In the exodos of the Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex, the translation says:
From one to another of us he went, begging a sword,
Hunting his wife who was not his wife
Does the original greek word for hunting refer to seeking or hunting with intent to kill?
hi mongoose, although it might be of no interest now, to answer your original question, the word for hunt (used e.g. by sophocles in ajax, line 2) means both to hunt to destroy something, and to seek after something or to seek to do something (+ infinitive):
Mongoose42 wrote: Another case where the english lanuguage fails to have the clarity of more refined languages.
Wouldn't it be more accurate to say: "Another case where the translation fails to give the exact intend of the original author."
Only a small point but I'm sure that these things would also happen with translations from English into "more refined languages."