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ΤΑ ΤΟΥ ΔΡΑΜΑΤΟΣ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΑ

  • ΠΥΘΙΑ
  • ΟΡΕΣΤΗΣ
  • ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝ
  • ΚΛΥΤΑΙΜΗΣΤΡΑΣ ΕΙΔΩΛΟΝ
  • ΧΟΡΟΣ ΕΡΙΝΥΩΝ
  • ΑΘΗΝΑΙΑ
  • ΧΟΡΟΣ ΠΡΟΠΟΜΠΩΝ
ΠΥΘΙΑ

Πρῶτον μὲν εὐχῇ τῇδε πρεσβεύω θεῶν τὴν πρωτόμαντιν Γαῖαν· ἐκ δὲ τῆς Θέμιν, ἣ δὴ τὸ μητρὸς δευτέρα τόδ᾿ ἕζετο μαντεῖον, ὡς λόγος τις· ἐν δὲ τῷ τρίτῳ

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Eumenides

Eumenides

Characters of the Play

  • THE PYTHIA, Apollo’s prophetess at Delphi
  • ORESTES
  • APOLLO
  • THE GHOST OF CLYTAEMESTRA
  • CHORUS OF FURIES
  • ATHENA
  • SECONDARY CHORUS OF THE PROCESSIONAL ESCORT, comprising the priestess of Athena Polias and her assistants

Scene: At first, before (and, from line 64, within) the temple of Apollo at Delphi; at line 235 the scene changes to the temple of Athena Polias on the Acropolis at Athens (during the trial of Orestes the scene may be reidentified as the Areopagus, though this is disputed).1

Enter, from the side, the pythia.
pythia

First among gods, in this my prayer, I give pride of place to the first of prophets,2 Earth; and next to her daughter Themis, who, as a tale has it, was the second to occupy this prophetic seat which had been her mother’s. The third to

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aeschylus-oresteia_eumenides.2009