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Demosthenes, On the Crown, section 304 (search)
If in each of the cities of Greece there had been some one man such as I was in my appointed station in your midst, nay, if Thessaly had possessed one man and Arcadia one man holding the same sentiments that I held, no Hellenic people beyond or on this side of Thermopylae would have been exposed to their present distresses:
Demosthenes, On the False Embassy, section 198 (search)
Maddened by these indignities, she jumped to her feet, upset the table, and fell at the knees of Iatrocles. If he had not rescued her, she would have perished, the victim of a drunken orgy, for the drunkenness of this blackguard is something terrible. The story of this girl was told even in Arcadia, at a meeting of the Ten ThousandThe Assembly of the Arcadian Confederacy, meeting at Megalopolis.; it was related by Diophantus at Athens in a report which I will compel him to repeat in evidence; and it was common talk in Thessaly and everywhere.
Demosthenes, On the False Embassy, section 320 (search)
I take it he was perfectly well aware that now, with Thessaly at variance with him—the Pheraeans, for example, refusing to join his following—with the Thebans getting the worst of the war, defeated in an engagement, and a trophy erected at their expense, he would be unable to force the passage if you sent troops to Thermopylae, and that he could not even make the attempt without serious loss unless he should also resort to some trickery. “How, then,” he thought, “shall I escape open falsehood, and attain all my objects without incurring the charge of perjury? Only if I can find Athenians to hood-wink the Athenian people, for then I shall have no share in the ensuing d
Demosthenes, Against Aristocrates, section 120 (search)
Again, there was Alexander of Thessaly.In 368 Alexander, tyrant of Pherae, detained Pelopidas as a hostage. This led to the Theban invasion of Thessaly. At the time when he had imprisoned Pelopidas, and was holding him captive, when he was the most bitter enemy of the Thebans, when his feelings towards you were so fraternal that he applied to you for a commander, when you gave aid to his arms,Thessaly. At the time when he had imprisoned Pelopidas, and was holding him captive, when he was the most bitter enemy of the Thebans, when his feelings towards you were so fraternal that he applied to you for a commander, when you gave aid to his arms, when it was Alexander here and Alexander there,—why, gracious heavens! if anybody had moved that whoever killed Alexander should be liable to seizure, would it have been safe for any man to try to give him due punishment for his subsequent violence and brutality
Enter by Eisodos A Heracles with his characteristic lion-skin and club. A servant goes in to tell Admetus of the arrival. Heracles Strangers, citizens of this land of Pherae, do I find Admetus at home? Chorus-Leader Yes, Pheres' son is at home, Heracles. But tell us what need brings you to Thessaly and to this city of Pherae. Heracles I am performing a certain labor for Eurystheus, king of Tiryns. Chorus-Leader Where are you bound? What is the wandering you are constrained to make? Heracles I go in quest of the four-horse chariot of Thracian Diomedes. Chorus-Leader How can you do that? Do you not know what kind of host he is? Heracles I do not. I have never yet been to Bistonia. Chorus-Leader You cannot possess those horses without a fight. Heracles But all the same, I cannot decline these labors. Chorus-Leader Then you will either kill him and return or end your days there. Heracles This is not the first such race I shall have run. Chorus-Leader If you defeat their m
Admetus enters from the palace, dressed in black and hair cut in mourning. Chorus-Leader But here, Admetus, the king of this land, is himself coming out of doors. Admetus I wish you joy, son of Zeus and child of Perseus' blood. Heracles Admetus, king of Thessaly, I wish you joy as well. Admetus If only I could have it! I know you wish me well. Heracles Why are you wearing the shorn hair of mourning? Admetus I am about to bury someone today. Heracles God keep misfortune from your children! Admetus The children I begot are alive in the house. Heracles Your father was of a ripe old age, if it is he that has departed. Admetus My father lives, Heracles, and my mother too. Heracles Surely your wife Alcestis has not died? Admetus There is a double tale to tell of her. Heracles Do you mean that she has died or is still alive? Admetus She is and is no more. It causes me grief. Heracles I'm still no wiser: you speak in riddles. Admetus Do you not know what doom she is fated
Euripides, Andromache (ed. David Kovacs), line 1 (search)
Euripides, Andromache (ed. David Kovacs), line 1173 (search)
Peleus Ah me, what disaster is this I see and take in my hands into my house! Oh, alas! City of Thessaly, I am undone, I am perished, none of my race, no children, are left for me in my house! Oh how wretched misfortune has made me! To what friend shall I look for consolation? O face that I love and knees and hands, would that the god had killed you beneath Troy's walls by the bank of the Simois!
Chorus And then one day with murderous bow he wounded the race of wild Centaurs, that range the hills, slaying them with winged shafts. Peneus, the river of fair eddies, knows him well, and those far fields unharvested, and the steadings on Pelion and neighboring caves of Homole, from where the Centaurs rode forth to conquer Thessaly, arming themselves with pines.