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Friday, May 20, 2011

Apollo sends Oerstes on a special op

Sophocles Electra 32-41

In Orestes opening speech, he tells Paedagogus how he approached the shrine of Apollo seeking guidance on how to avenge the murder of his father Agamemnon. Apollo tells him not to mount an invasion force with battle ships, carriers and cruise missiles, but to go in under the radar and gain entrance by stealth into the presence of his enemies and carry out the bloody deed of justice with his own hand. Now Orestes is sending Paedagogus ahead to gather intelligence; to gain an entrance into the royal compound by what ever means necessary to learn the patterns of daily life and to return with a detailed report.

This in a rough manner, conveys the “meaning” of the original. It is not a translation.


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