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Ἄτοσσα

αἰαῖ, κακῶν ὕψιστα δὴ κλύω τάδε,
αἴσχη τε Πέρσαις καὶ λιγέα κωκύματα.
ἀτὰρ φράσον μοι τοῦτ᾽ ἀναστρέψας πάλιν:
πόσον δὲ πλῆθος ἦν νεῶν Ἑλληνίδων,
335ὥστ᾽ ἀξιῶσαι Περσικῷ στρατεύματι
μάχην συνάψαι ναΐοισιν ἐμβολαῖς;

Ἄγγελος

πλήθους μὲν ἂν σάφ᾽ ἴσθ᾽ ἕκατι βάρβαρον
ναυσὶν κρατῆσαι. καὶ γὰρ Ἕλλησιν μὲν ἦν
πᾶς ἀριθμὸς ἐς τριακάδας δέκα
340ναῶν, δεκὰς δ᾽ ἦν τῶνδε χωρὶς ἔκκριτος:
Ξέρξῃ δέ, καὶ γὰρ οἶδα, χιλιὰς μὲν ἦν
ὧν ἦγε πλῆθος, αἱ δ᾽ ὑπέρκοποι τάχει
ἑκατὸν δὶς ἦσαν ἑπτά θ᾽: ὧδ᾽ ἔχει λόγος.
μή σοι δοκοῦμεν τῇδε λειφθῆναι μάχῃ;
345ἀλλ᾽ ὧδε δαίμων τις κατέφθειρε στρατόν,
τάλαντα βρίσας οὐκ ἰσορρόπῳ τύχῃ.
θεοὶ πόλιν σῴζουσι Παλλάδος θεᾶς.

Ἄτοσσα

ἔτ᾽ ἆρ᾽ Ἀθηνῶν ἔστ᾽ ἀπόρθητος πόλις;

Ἄγγελος

ἀνδρῶν γὰρ ὄντων ἕρκος ἐστὶν ἀσφαλές.

Ἄτοσσα

350ἀρχὴ δὲ ναυσὶ συμβολῆς τίς ἦν, φράσον:
τίνες κατῆρξαν, πότερον Ἕλληνες, μάχης,
παῖς ἐμός, πλήθει καταυχήσας νεῶν;

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  • Commentary references to this page (2):
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Ajax, 1244
    • E.C. Marchant, Commentary on Thucydides Book 1, 1.74
  • Cross-references in general dictionaries to this page (3):
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