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Agamemnon Well, if you will have your way, 945quick, let some one loose my sandals, which, slavelike, serve the treading of my foot! As I walk upon these purple vestments may I not be struck from afar by any glance of the gods' jealous eye. A terrible shame it is for one's foot to mar the resources of the house by wasting wealth and costly woven work.

950So much for this. This foreign girl receive into the house with kindness. A god from afar looks graciously upon a gentle master; for no one freely takes the yoke of slavery. But she, 955the choicest flower of rich treasure, has followed in my train, my army's gift.

Since I have been forced to obey you and must listen to you in this, I will tread upon a purple pathway as I pass to my palace halls.

Clytaemestra There is the sea (and who shall drain it dry?) producing stain of abundant purple, costly as silver 960and ever fresh, with which to dye our clothes; and of these our house, through the gods, has ample store; it knows no poverty. Vestments enough I would have devoted to be trampled underfoot had it been so ordered in the seat of oracles 965when I was devising a ransom for your life. For if the root still lives, leaves come again to the house and spread their over-reaching shade against the scorching dog star; so, now that you have come to hearth and home, you show that warmth has come in wintertime; 970and again, when Zeus makes wine from the bitter grape, [Note]then immediately there is coolness in the house when its rightful lord occupies his halls.As Agamemnon enters the palaceO Zeus, Zeus, you who bring things to fulfilment, fulfill my prayers! May you see to that which you mean to fulfill!Exit



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