Thursday, October 9, 2008

Quote of the Day: Aeschylus' "Libation Bearers" 780

Picking another passage from Aeschylus' triology, the Oresteia, today's quote comes from the second play, the Libation Bearers. For overall background, see my earlier post. This is just a line sung by the chorus that stopped me in my tracks:

The gods' concerns are what concern only the gods. (Libation Bearers 780; trans. Lattimore)

What? Does this mean that the gods are only concerned with themselves? They do not genuinely care about human concerns? They're just looking out for themselves, and humans should do likewise; humans should sort things out themselves and gods should leave them alone. Or do the gods' concerns involve human issues, but humans are not overly concerned about them (but perhaps should be)?

1 comment:

Angie Van De Merwe said...

Libations are poured out to the gods...why? for apeasement, for worship, or what?

I just finished watching the movie, "Rendition". you should see it. I imagine the Muslim believers are offering their lives as a drink offering.

I don't believe that sacrifice is necessary, in the sense of what one is unwilling to do. But, a person who finds their niche in life, using their gifts and talents, then, offer their life...

But, I do not believe that we are to take another's life willfully, and consciously wanting to see that life "die" for any reason. Who wants death to someone they love?