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Enter by Eisodos B Demophon. Iolaus My son, why have you come with worry in your glance? Are you going to tell me something new about the enemy? Are they tarrying, or have they arrived, or what news have you heard? For you will assuredly not prove false what the herald said. The general, who has been fortunate before now, will come to Athens, I am sure, and in no humble mood. But of course Zeus is the punisher of thoughts that are too high and mighty. Demophon The Argive army has arrived and Eurystheus its leader. I have seen him myself: a man who claims to be well versed in the art of generalship must not observe the enemy by means of messengers. But he has not yet sent his army into the plain of Attica. Rather, sitting upon a rocky brow, he is deliberating （I will tell you my impressions） by what route he should bring so great an army within the borders of our land and safely encamp it. Where my own part is concerned, all is well prepared: the city is in arms, the sacrificial
Chorus Though you utter a great boast, o stranger from Argos, others do not on that account care the more for you, and by your proud words you shall not daunt our hearts. Long may it be before this happens to great Athens of the fair dancing-grounds! But you are senseless, and so is the son of Sthenelus,Eurystheus. tyrant at Argos.