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Ζεὺς μὲν ἀφίκτωρ ἐπίδοι προφρόνως στόλον ἡμέτερον νάιον ἀρθέντ᾿ ἀπὸ προστομίων λεπτοψαμάθων Νείλου· Δίαν δὲ λιποῦσαι

  • 2ἀρθέντ᾿ Turnebus: ἀρόεντ᾿ (a) M.
  • 3λεπτοψαμάθων Pauw: λεπτομαθῶν M.
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Suppliants

Suppliants

Characters of The Play

CHORUS of the daughters of Danaus

DANAUS, the fugitive ex-king of Egypt

PELASGUS, king of Argos

SECONDARY CHORUS OF EGYPTIANS

EGYPTIAN HERALD

SECONDARY CHORUS OF ARGIVE SOLDIERS

Produced between 470 and 459 bc as first or second play in a tetralogy which also included Egyptians, Danaids and the satyr-play Amymone.

Scene: The sea-coast near Argos. A mound represents a shrine (with altars) to the major gods of the city. One side-passage is imagined as leading to the city, the other to the sea.

Enter chorus, from the seaward direction. They are followed by danaus who goes to the shrine and keeps a lookout towards the city.
chorus

May Zeus, god of suppliants, look graciously upon our band, which set forth by ship from the fine sands at the mouth of the Nile. We have left the land of Zeus, 1

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aeschylus-suppliants.2009