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Should you not have respected the freedom of this land by telling its king before showing this boldness rather than forcibly dragging these strangers from the gods' sanctuary?

Who is the ruler of this land and its city?

[115] Demophon, the nobly sired, the son of Theseus.

It is chiefly before him, then, that I must contend for this plea of mine. Any other words of mine have been spoken to no purpose.

Look! Here he comes himself in haste, and his brother Acamas with him, to hear these words.

Enter by Eisodos B Demophon and Acamas.

To the Chorus Leader
[120] Since, old as you are, you have outstripped younger men in coming to help here at this altar of Zeus, tell me, what misfortune causes this crowd to assemble?

These, the sons of Heracles, sit as suppliants with their wreaths upon the altar, as you see, my lord, [125] as does also their father's trusty companion Iolaus.

But why does this event call for cries of woe?

This man, trying to take them by force from this altar caused them to cry out and has knocked to the ground the old man, which makes me shed a tear in pity.

[130] And yet the clothing he wears and the shape of his garments is Greek, but these deeds are those of a barbarian hand. But it is your task to tell me, and without delay, from what land it is that you have come hither.

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