Hi! Valentine's day reminded me that I&#0…

Hi! Valentine's day reminded me that I'd like to pick up a copy of Heroides, but I'm not really sure which translation to choose (and you've actually translated parts of Heroides yourself so you seemed like the best person to ask). Any recommendations? Is Isbell's good? (And while I'm here, any thoughts on the Melville Metamorphoses?) Thank you!

I’m going to have to outsource this question bc I’m the one classicsHead in the world who doesn’t have a strong opinion on the vast majority of translations (unless they really REALLY stand out and honestly I just use the ones that are free online!!)!!

Does your hc the "Agamemnon killed Artemi…

Does your hc the "Agamemnon killed Artemis' sacred deer" story or the "Artemis got angry because two eagles (Zeus?) killed a pregnant hare just so Aga could get a positive omen"? The second one makes the Iphigenia episode look like a petty fight between gods, like Artemis decided "Ok fine, you kill my animal, I'll kill yours." But is that version less tragic because Aga didn't do anything to cause it? (As opposed to the deer version?)

I prefer the deer version because there’s already the element of the gods’ pettiness at fault for everything that happens, ie: the entire war being a result of the apple story. For an additional level of ‘Aga wasn’t directly at fault’, correlate any of what happens with the Atreus house curse (which I personally do, I hc the gods were like let’s get a twofer with this predestined war by having this family we’ve scheduled a curse on every generation be center stage for it :))

However to me what’s kind of important is which version of the deer story that’s used. There’s the one Aga was warned ahead of time not to kill that particular animal, then he did anyway and bragged about it, so really he kind of earned his punishment for his arrogance. It simplifies the morality of the story I think. I prefer the version he didn’t know the deer was Artemis’, the boasting scene isn’t there, and she still punished him. Bc then you have the element that the gods are incredibly unfair at times, and that while he didn’t consciously do anything to cause it (as in the hare story), it was still his action that set things in motion and that must have added considerably to his feelings of guilt. Best (or rather worst) of both worlds :^)

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