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Enter by Eisodos A Aegeus, the aged king of Athens, in travelling costume. Aegeus Medea, I wish you joy: no one knows a better way than this to address a friend. Medea Joy to you as well, Aegeus, son of wise Pandion! Where have you come from to be visiting the soil of this land? Aegeus I have come from the ancient oracle of Phoebus. Medea Why did you go to earth's prophetic center? Aegeus To inquire how I might get offspring. Medea Have you really lived so long a life without children
s Theseus. But the oracle, which may be Euripides' own invention, clearly does not belong with this story, for how could Aegeus beget a son if he violated the oracle's instructions? When Aegeus departs at the end of this scene, he seems bound for Athens, not Trozen.
And what were you in need of that you sailed to this land?
There is a man named Pittheus, king of Trozen.
The son of Pelops and a man most pious, they say.
It is with him that I wish to share the god's