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Τάδε μὲν Περσῶν τῶν οἰχομένων Ἑλλάδ᾿ ἐς αἶαν πιστὰ καλεῖται, καὶ τῶν ἀφνεῶν καὶ πολυχρύσων ἑδράνων φύλακες, 5κατὰ πρεσβείαν οὓς αὐτὸς ἄναξ

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Persians

Persians

Characters of the Play

Chorus of Persian elders of the King’s council

Queen, widow of Darius and mother of Xerxes

Messenger

Ghost of Darius, the late King of Persia

Xerxes, the present King of Persia

Produced: 472 bc, as second play in the tetralogy Phineus, Persians, Glaucus of Potniae, Prometheus the Fire-Bearer.

Scene: Susa. Twelve chairs are set out for a meeting of the royal council. A mound (ignored until attention is drawn to it) represents the tomb of Darius. One side-passage is imagined as leading to the city and palace, the other towards the west and Greece.

Enter chorus from the direction of the city.
chorus

Of the Persians, who have departed for the land of Greece, we are called the Trusted,1 the guardians of the wealthy palace rich in gold, whom our lord himself, King Xerxes son of Darius, chose by seniority

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aeschylus-persians.2009