The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Shorter Notes

Whose Laughter does Pentheus Fear? (Eur. Ba. 842)

Matt Neuburga1

a1 Colgate University

The Aldine editor, no doubt put off in part by the expressionS0009838800031827_inline1had the text printed as given by P (the sole witness for this part of the play), but punctuated with commas afterS0009838800031827_inline2 and S0009838800031827_inline3, so that S0009838800031827_inline4could go withS0009838800031827_inline5S0009838800031827_inline6According to Elmsley, it was Musgrave who removed the comma after, adducing T. 276 to showS0009838800031827_inline7 taking a dative. But, continues Elmsley, the simple S0009838800031827_inline8in this and other examples is taking a dative of the thing, never of the person. Accordingly he prints Pierson′s easy emendationS0009838800031827_inline9proposed independently by Reiske and printed almost simultaneously with Elmsley by Matthiae. The resulting reading has sufficiently satisfied all editors from then until the present day; there is not one, as far as I am aware, who does not print it. In our century the line has not been the object of any controversy.