d of a fatherland, and it is you who have given me a home there again.The Hellenes will say, “The man is an Argive once again, and lives in his father's heritage, by the grace of Pallas and of Loxias and of that third god, the one who accomplishes everything, the savior”—the one who, having respect for my father's death,saves me, seeing those advocates of my mother.
I will return to my home now, after I swear an oath to this land and to your peopleThe passage points to the league between Athens and Argos, formed after Cimon was ostracized （461 B.C.） and the treaty with Sparta denounced. for the future and for all time to come, that no captain of my landwill ever come here and bring a well-equipped spear against them. For I myself, then in my grave, will accomplish it by failure without remedy, making their marches spiritless and their journeys
ill-omened,so that those who violate my present oath will repent their enterprise. But while the straight course is preserved, and they
cut short my privileges by your words.
I would not take your privileges as a gift.
No, for in any case you are called great at the throne of Zeus. But as for me—since a mother's blood leads me,I will pursue my case against this man and I will hunt him down. Exeunt.
And I will aid my suppliant and rescue him! For the wrath of the one who seeks purification is terrible among mortals and gods, if I intentionally abandon him.Enters the Sanctuary.
The scene changes to Athens, before the temple of Athena. Enter Hermes with Orestes, who embraces the ancient image of the goddess.
Lady Athena, at Loxias' command I have come.Receive kindly an accursed wretch, not one who seeks purification, or with unclean hand, but with my guilt's edge already blunted and worn away at other homes and in the travelled paths of men. Going over land and sea alike,keeping the commands of Loxias' oracle, I now approach your house and image, goddess. Here I will keep watch and aw