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Look, here comes a herdsman, who has left the shores of the sea to bring you some new message.

A Herdsman enters.

Daughter of Agamemnon, and of Clytemnestra, hear a strange report from me.

[240] And what is amazing in your news?

Two young men have come to this land, fleeing the dark Symplegades in their ship, an offering and sacrifice pleasing to the goddess Artemis. Be quick to prepare [245] the purifications and the first offerings.

What country are the strangers from? How are they dressed?

They are Hellenes; I know this one thing, and nothing further.

Can't you tell me their names? Did you hear them?

One was called Pylades by the other.

[250] What is the name of his companion?

No one knows; we didn't hear it.

How did you see them? How did you come upon them and catch them?

At the edge of the breakers of the Black Sea

And what do herdsmen have to do with the sea?

[255] We came to wash our cattle in the salt water.

Go back to the earlier question, how did you take them, and in what way, for I want to know this. They have come after a long time; the altar of the goddess has not yet been reddened by streams of Hellene blood.

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