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ed high prosperity. And these men, seeing that my power was weak and that these children were small and had lost their father, honored the mightier side and kept us from the land. With these children who are exiled I too am in exile, and I companion their wretchedness with my own. I shrink from abandoning them for fear someone might say, ‘Look, when the children do not have a father, Iolaus does not protect them, though he is their kinsman!’ Since we have been banished from all the rest of Greece, we have come to Marathon and the land that borders it and are sitting at the altars of the gods supplicating for help. For it is said that Theseus' two sons dwell in the plain of this land, which they received by the drawing of lots among the descendants of Pandion.In this play Athens is governed, even in heroic times, on democratic lines: choosing officials by lot from a pre-determined list of those eligible was a feature of fifth-century Athenian polity. Those two are kin to these boys.