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Heracles
Who banged the door? Like a Centaur
Someone drove into it. Say, what's this?

Dionysus
My boy!

Xanthias
Well, what?

Dionysus
Didn't you notice?

Xanthias
No, what?

Dionysus
How afraid he was...

Xanthias
That you might lose your mind.

Heracles
Oh, by Demeter, I can't help but laugh!
I'll bite my lip—but still I've got to laugh!

Dionysus
Come here, my good man. I need to ask you a favor.

Heracles
I just can't stifle this laughter,
seeing a lion's skin thrown over that saffron gown—
What does it mean? How have club and buskin joined forces?
Where in the world were you going?

Dionysus
I was on board of Cleisthenes.

Heracles
And were you at the naval battle?

Dionysus
Yes, and we sank some twelve or thirteen hostile ships.

Heracles
You two?

Dionysus
Aye, by Apollo.

Xanthias
And then I woke up!

Dionysus
And while I was on board, reading
the Andromeda, suddenly a craving
smote my heart, you'll never guess how strong.

Heracles
A craving? How big?

Dionysus
Small, like Molon.

Heracles
For a woman?

Dionysus
Oh no.

Heracles
A boy?

Dionysus
Not at all!

Heracles
A man?

Dionysus
Argh!

Heracles
You did it with Cleisthenes?

Dionysus
Don't make fun, brother, I've really got it bad,
Such passionate desire torments me so.

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  • Commentary references to this page (1):
    • Gilbert A. Davies, Commentary on Demosthenes: Philippics I, II, III, 20
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    • Raphael Kühner, Bernhard Gerth, Ausführliche Grammatik der griechischen Sprache, KG 3.2.1
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