Aeschylus, Eumenides (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Eum.].
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Chorus Zeus gives greater honor to a father's death, according to what you say; 640yet he himself bound his aged father, Cronus. How does this not contradict what you say? I call on you as witnessesturning to the judgesto hear these things.

Apollo Oh, monsters utterly loathed and detested by the gods! Zeus could undo fetters, there is a remedy for that, 645and many means of release. But when the dust has drawn up the blood of a man, once he is dead, there is no return to life. For this, my father has made no magic spells, although he arranges all other things, turning them up and down; 650nor does his exercise of force cost him a breath.

Chorus See how you advocate acquittal for this man! After he has poured out his mother's blood on the ground, shall he then live in his father's house in Argos? Which of the public altars shall he use? 655What purification rite of the brotherhoods [Note] will receive him?

Apollo I will explain this, too, and see how correctly I will speak. The mother of what is called her child is not the parent, but the nurse of the newly-sown embryo. [Note] The one who mounts is the parent, whereas she, as a stranger for a stranger, 660preserves the young plant, if the god does not harm it. And I will show you proof of what I say: a father might exist without a mother. A witness is here at hand, the child of Olympian Zeus, who was not nursed in the darkness of a womb, 665and she is such a child as no goddess could give birth to.

For my part, Pallas, as in all other matters, as I know how, I will make your city and people great; and I have sent this man as a suppliant to your sanctuary so that he may be faithful for all time, 670and that you, goddess, might win him and those to come after him as a new ally and so that these pledges of faith might remain always, for the later generations of these people to cherish.



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