Philoctetes

Sophocles

Sophocles, creator; Sophocles the plays and fragments with critical notes, commentary, and translation in English prose Part 4 The Philoctetes; Jebb, Richard Claverhouse, Sir, 1841-1905, editor, translator. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1898.

  1. What did you do that was unworthy of you?
Neoptolemus
  1. I captured a man by disgraceful deceits and treachery.
Odysseus
  1. What man? Oh! Can you be planning something rash?
Neoptolemus
  1. Rash, no. But to Poeas’ son—
Odysseus
  1. What are you going to do? Suddenly a certain fear comes over me.
Neoptolemus
  1. —From whom I took this bow, back to him—
Odysseus
  1. Zeus! What will you say? Certainly you do not intend to give it back?
Neoptolemus
  1. Yes, I do, because disgracefully and unjustly I got hold of it.
Odysseus
  1. In the name of the gods, are you saying this to mock me?
Neoptolemus
  1. If it is mockery to speak the truth.
Odysseus
  1. What do you mean, Neoptolemus? What are you saying?
Neoptolemus
  1. Must I repeat the same words twice and three times?
Odysseus
  1. I would not have wished to hear them even once.
Neoptolemus
  1. Know for certain that I have nothing more to say.
Odysseus
  1. There is someone, I tell you, who will prevent your deed.
Neoptolemus
  1. What do you mean? Who will oppose me in this?
Odysseus
  1. The whole host of the Achaeans, and I for one.
Neoptolemus
  1. Wise though you were born, your threats are void of wisdom.
Odysseus
  1. And your words are not wise, nor is that which you want to do.
Neoptolemus
  1. And yet if they are just, they are better than wise.