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ΕΠΤΑ ΕΠΙ ΘΗΒΑΣ

ΤΑ ΤΟΥ ΔΡΑΜΑΤΟΣ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΑ

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ΕΤΕΟΚΛΗΣ

Κάδμου πολῖται, χρὴ λέγειν τὰ καίρια, ὅστις φυλάσσει πρᾶγος ἐν πρύμνῃ πόλεως οἴακα νωμῶν, βλέφαρα μὴ κοιμῶν ὕπνῳ. εἰ μὲν γὰρ εὖ πράξαιμεν, αἰτία θεοῦ·

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Seven Against Thebes

Seven Against Thebes

Characters of The Play

ETEOCLES, ruler of Thebes

SCOUT

CHORUS of Theban maidens

MESSENGER

{ANTIGONE and ISMENE, daughters of Oedipus HERALD}1

Produced: 467 bc, as third play in the tetralogy Laius, Oedipus, Seven against Thebes, Sphinx.

Scene: The citadel of Thebes. A mound represents a shrine to the major gods of the city. One side-passage is imagined as leading to the lower town, the other to the walls and the battlefield.

A crowd of armed Theban citizens is present. eteocles (not in armour) enters, attended, from the town, to address them.
eteocles

Citizens of Cadmus’ land, he who guards the city’s fortunes, controlling the helm at its stern,2 never letting his eyes rest in sleep, has to give the right advice for the situation. For if we should be successful, the responsibility

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aeschylus-seven_thebes.2009