The wider world (7)

The wider world (7)

‛ημερων δε ου πολλων αφικοντο εις την Ναξον ‛ου ‛ο Φιλιππος ειδε τα πλοια στρογγυλα. και μετα αλλον πλουν μακρον ‛ραιζει. εθαυμαζε δη τον τε της Μιλητου λιμενα και τας κοσμιας ‛οδους. εμισθωσατο δωματιον, επειτα ιχθυν ησθιε και επινε οινον. αυριον γαρ τευξεται των Συριων εμπορων. ‛η δε ‛ηλιου δυσις ην καλλιστη.

Miletus was a colony of Athens and therefore traditionally held especially dear by the mother city. The audience of Phrynichus’ tragedy Sack of Miletus (which reflected the Persian conquest of the city during the Ionian Revolt) was moved to tears; the poet was fined ὡς ὑπομνήσας οἰκεῖα κακά, ‘for reminding familiar misfortunes’. As a result, it was decreed that no play on the subject should be produced again (Herodotus 6. 21).

‛ημερων ου πολλων – within a few days
τα πλοια στρογγυλα – merchant ships
μετα (+ acc) – after
‛ραιζει – feels better
‛ο λιμην – harbour
κοσμιος – ordered
εμισθωσατο – hired
το δωματιον – room
τευξεται – will meet
‛ο εμπορος – merchant
‛η δυσις – setting

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