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Does it not seem to you to be an outrage if the senate-house and the people are coming to be ignored, while the letters and ambassadors come to private houses, sent hither not by ordinary men, but by the first men of Asia and Europe? And deeds the legal penalty for which is death, these deeds certain men do not deny, but acknowledge them before the people; and they read their letters to one another and compare them. And some of them bid you look into their faces as being guardians of the democracy, and others call for rewards as being saviours of the state.
Chorus What then, O king Darius? What is the intention of your words? How, after this reverse, may we, the people of Persia, best prosper in time to come? Darius If you do not take the field against the Hellenes' land, even if the forces of the Medes outnumber theirs. The land itself is their ally. Chorus What do you mean? In what way “their ally”? Darius It wastes with famine an enemy force which is too large. Chorus But we will dispatch a force of select and easily managed troops. Darius Not even the host which now remains in Hellas will be able to return to safety. Chorus How is that? Will not the whole barbarian army cross from Europe over the Hellesp
But afterwards Alexander carried off Helen, as some say, because such was the will of Zeus, in order that his daughter might be famous for having embroiled Europe and Asia; or, as others have said, that the race of the demigods might be exalted. For one of these reasons Strife threw an apple as a prize of beauty to be contended for by Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite; and Zeus commanded Hermes to lead them to Alexander on Ida in order to be judged by him. And they promised to give Alexander gifts. Hera said that if she were preferred to all women, she would give him the kingdom over all men; and Athena promised victory in war, and Aphrodite the hand of Helen. And he decided in favour of AphroditeAs to the judgment of Paris （Alexander）, see Hom. Il. 24.25ff.; Cypria, in Proclus, Chrestom. i. （Epicorum Graecorum Fragmenta, ed. G. Kinkel, pp. 16ff.）; Eur. Tro. 924ff.; Eur. IA 1290ff.; Eur. Hel. 2