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Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 1 (search)
Enter a band of Elders, guardians of the Persian Empire Chorus Here we are, the faithful Council of the Persians, who have gone to the land of Hellas, we who serve as warders of the royal abode, rich in bountiful store of gold,we whom Xerxes, our King, Darius' royal son, himself selected, by virtue of our rank and years, to be the guardians of his realm. Yet as regards the return of our King and of his host, so richly decked out in gold,the soul within my breast is distressed and presages disaster. For the whole populace of the Asian nation has come and murmurs against its youthful King, nor does any courier or horsemanarrive at the city of the Persians, who left behind them the walled defence of Susa and Agbatana and Cissa's ancient ramparts, and went forth, some on horseback, some in galleys, others on footpresenting a dense array of war. Such are Amistres and Artaphrenes and Megabates and Astaspes, marshals of the Persians; kings themselves, yet vassals of the Great King,they p
Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 176 (search)
tched his army, departed with intent to lay waste the land of the Ionians. But never yet have I beheld so distinct a visionas that of the last night. This I will describe to you. I dreamed that two women in beautiful clothes, one in Persian garb, the other in Dorian attire, appeared before my eyes; both far more striking in stature than are the women of our time,flawless in beauty, sisters of the same family. As for the lands in which they dwelt, to one had been assigned by lot the land of Hellas, to the other that of the barbarians. The two, as I imagined it, seemed to provoke each other to a mutual feud, and my son, when he had become aware of this,attempted to restrain and placate them. He yoked them both to his car and placed the collar-straps upon their necks. The one bore herself proudly in these trappings and kept her mouth obedient to the rein. The other struggled and with her handstore apart the harness of the car; then, free of the curb, she dragged it violently along
Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 232 (search)
Chorus Far from here, to the west where the last rays of our Lord the Sun set. Atossa Can it then really be that my son had the keen desire to make this city his prey? Chorus Yes, for then all Hellas would be subject to the King. Atossa Does their army have such a multitude of men? Chorus Yes, it is an army of such magnitude that it has caused great disaster for the Medes. Atossa And what else have they besides? Do they have sufficient wealth in their homes? Chorus Of silver they possess a veritable fountain, a treasure chest in their soil. Atossa Is the bow-stretching arrow particularly suited to their hands? Chorus Far from it; they have lances for close fight and shields that serve them for armor. Atossa And who is set over them as shepherd and is master of their host? Chorus Of no man are they called the slaves or vassals. Atossa How then can they withstand the attack of an invading foe? Chorus So well as to have destroyed Darius' great and courageous host. Atossa I
Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 268 (search)
Chorus Alas, alas! In vain did our vast and variously armed hostgo forth from the land of Asia against the hostile soil of Hellas.
Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 331 (search)
Atossa Alas! The words I hear put the very crown upon our woes; a disgrace to the Persians and cause for shrill lament. But retrace your tale and tell me this clearly:how great was the number of the Greek ships which gave them confidence enough to go into battle with their armed prows against the Persian army? Messenger If numbers had been the only factor, be assured that the barbarians would have gained the victory with their fleet. For the whole number of the ships of Hellas amounted to ten times thirty,and, in addition to these, there was a chosen squadron of ten. But Xerxes, this I know, had under his command a thousand, while those excelling in speed were twice a hundred, and seven more. This is the total of their respective numbers. Do you think that we were simply outnumbered in this contest?No, it was some divine power that tipped the scale of fortune with unequal weight and thus destroyed our host. The gods preserve the city of the goddess Pallas. Atossa Is then the
Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 395 (search)
ng oars they struck the briny deep. Swiftly they all came clear into view. Their right wing, well marshalled,led on in orderly advance, next their whole army pressed on against us, and at the same time a loud shout met our ears: “On, you men of Hellas! Free your native land. Free your children, your wives, the temples of your fathers' gods,and the tombs of your ancestors. Now you are fighting for all you have.” Then from our side arose in response the mingled clamor of Persian speech, and straightaway the ships dashed together their bronze prows. It was a ship of Hellasthat began the charge and chopped off in its entirety the curved stern of a Phoenician boat. Each captain drove his ship straight against some other ship. At first the stream of the Persian army held its own. When, however, the mass of our ships had been crowded in the narrows, and none could render another aid,and each crashed its bronze prow against each of its own line, they splintered their whole bank of oars.
Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 41 (search)
Behind them follows a throng of luxurious Lydians and thoseA covert reference to the Ionians, kinsmen of the Athenians, who served under compulsion in the expedition against Greece.who hold in subjection all the people of the mainland, whom Metrogathes and brave Arcteus, their regal commanders,and Sardis rich in gold sent forth, riding in many a chariot, in ranks with three and four steeds abreast, a spectacle terrible to behold. They too who live by sacred Tmolus pledge themselvesto cast the yoke of slavery upon Hellas—Mardon, Tharybis, anvils of the lance, and the Mysians, hurlers of the javelin. Babylon, also, teeming with gold, sends a mixed host arrayed in a long line, both mariners borne in galleysand those who rely on their skill in archery. The nation too which wears the sabre follows from every part of Asia in the fearful procession of the King. Such are the warriors, the flower of the Persian land,who have departed, and in fierce longing for them the whole land of Asia, th
Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 739 (search)
hful recklessness;for he conceived the hope that he could by shackles, as if it were a slave, restrain the current of the sacred Hellespont, the Bosporus, a stream divine; he set himself to fashion a roadway of a new type, and, by casting upon it hammer-wrought fetters, made a spacious causeway for his mighty host. Mortal though he was, he thought in his folly that he would gain the mastery of all the gods,yes, even over Poseidon. Must this not have been a disease of the soul that possessed my son? I fear that the plenteous treasure amassed by my toil may become the prey of the spoiler. Atossa This lesson impetuous Xerxes learned through conversation with evil men. For they kept telling him that, whereas youwon plentiful treasure for your children by your spear, he, on his part, through lack of manly spirit, played the warrior at home and did not increase his father's wealth. Hearing such taunts many a time from evil counsellors, he planned this expedition and army against Hellas.
Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 787 (search)
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
Aeschylus, Persians (ed. Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph. D.), line 800 (search)
.They are now lingering where the plain is watered by the stream of Asopus which nourishes Boeotia's fields. Here they will meet their crowning disaster in requital for their presumptuous pride and impious thoughts. For, on reaching the land of Hellas,restrained by no religious awe, they ravaged the images of the gods and set fire to their temples. Altars have been destroyed, statues of the gods have been thrown from their bases in utter ruin and confusion. Therefore, since they wrought such t vaunt himself excessively. For presumptuous pride, when it has matured, bears as its fruit a crop of calamity, from which it reaps an abundant harvest of tears. Bear in mind that such are the penalties for deeds like these, and hold Athens and Hellas in your memory. Let no one of you,through disdain of present fortune and lust for more, squander his abundant wealth. Zeus, in truth, is a chastiser of overweening pride and corrects with heavy hand. Therefore, now that my son has been warned