In Euripides’ Alcestis there are several thoughts and phrases that we can find more or less frequently also in Latin inscriptions, mostly metric (and in other literary works), without a conceivable source in or reference to that tragedy. So we may assume that Euripides intentionally expressed common people’s feelings about the tragic experience of a married couple compelled to part by death using their own way of speaking. This remark (which may help to interpret such debated tragedy) provides us a ‘third way’ of studying the relationship between (poetic) literature and (metric) epigraphy: i.e. neither the latter draws from the former (first way), nor the former from the latter (second way); but both draw independently from a common substratum of ‘popular’ conceptions and expressions.

Una terza via: epigrafia e letteratura in parallelo (l'Alcesti di Euripide e i CLE)

MASSARO, Matteo
2009

Abstract

In Euripides’ Alcestis there are several thoughts and phrases that we can find more or less frequently also in Latin inscriptions, mostly metric (and in other literary works), without a conceivable source in or reference to that tragedy. So we may assume that Euripides intentionally expressed common people’s feelings about the tragic experience of a married couple compelled to part by death using their own way of speaking. This remark (which may help to interpret such debated tragedy) provides us a ‘third way’ of studying the relationship between (poetic) literature and (metric) epigraphy: i.e. neither the latter draws from the former (first way), nor the former from the latter (second way); but both draw independently from a common substratum of ‘popular’ conceptions and expressions.
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