Saturday, July 5, 2008

Saturday July 5, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 AM
The Bacchae
by Euripides

New York Lottery
on the Fourth of July:
Mid-day 678
Evening 506

These numbers may be
interpreted as references to a
current Lincoln Center play —
The Bacchae, by Euripides.

Line 678 of The Bacchae —

From a Brandeis class’s translation (2006):


[677] Our feeding herds of cattle were just climbing
[678] above the treeline when the sun
[679] sent forth its rays to warm the earth.

Related cartoon by Ed Arno
(See yesterday morning’s Log24
and entries of June 27):

Van Gogh portrait by Ed Arno: the artist in sunlight, having written 'DEAR THEO' on his canvas

Related review by Charles Isherwood in today’s New York Times:

“A god deserves a great entrance. And Dionysus, the god of wine and party boy of Mount Olympus, whose celebratory rituals got the whole drama thing rolling in the first place, surely merits a spectacular one….”

Line 506 of The Bacchae —

From a 1988 translation (pdf) by Matthew A. Neuburg


[506] You don’t know what you’re saying, what you’re doing, who you are.

Translator’s note:

506 The state of this line in the MSS has driven editors to despair; in particular, the first of the things Pentheus is said not to know is, in Greek, “what you are living,” which seems doubtful Greek. Many emendations have been proposed; I accept here DODDS’s emendation, but I have a feeling we’re missing something.


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