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Messenger O name of Salamis most odious to my ears!Alas, how I groan when I recall the memory of Athens!
Chorus Ah, hateful indeed is Athens to her foes. Now must we remember how many Persian women she has deprived of sons and husbands, lost all in vain.
Atossa O hateful divinity, how have you foiled the purpose of the Persians! Cruel was the vengeance which my son brought upon himself for his designs against illustrious Athens; the barbarianswhom Marathon destroyed were not enough. It was in an effort to exact retribution for them that my son has drawn upon himself so great a multitude of woes. But the ships that escaped destruction—tell me about them. Where did you leave them? Can you give a clear repor
Darius How did it happen? Did some stroke of pestilence or factional strife come upon the State? Atossa Neither; but near Athens our whole host has been brought to ruin. Darius Tell me, what son of mine led our army there? Atossa Impetuous Xerxes, depopulating the whole surface of the continent. Darius Was it by land or sea that he made this mad expedition, the reckless man? Atossa By both. There was a twofold front of double armies. Darius But how was it that so vast a land force won a passage to the farther shore? Atossa By a clever device he yoked the Hellespont so as to gain a passage. Darius What! Did he succeed in closing the mighty Bosporus? Atossa Yes indeed. One of the divine powers must have assisted him in his purpose. Darius Alas! Some mighty power came upon him so that he was not able to think clearly. Atossa Yes, since we can see the outcome, what ruin he wrought. Darius And how then did they fare that you now lament them? Atossa Disaster to the naval
Xerxes Woe, woe is me!They beheld ancient and hateful Athens and with one convulsive struggle （alas, alas !） poor wretches, they lie gasping on the shore. Chorus Did you really lose your trusty eyeThe Persian kings had in their service officers called their “eyes” and “ears,” charged to make report of what they saw and heard.there, that whichcounted tens upon tens of thousands of the Persians, Batanochus' son Alpistus . . . son of Sesames, Megabates' son, Parthos and mighty Oebares, did you leave these behind?Alas, alas, the unhappy men! You speak of woe, surpassing woe, for nob