Aeschylus, Suppliant Women (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Supp.].
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Chorus Is there a report that once in this land of Argos Io was ward of Hera's house?

King Certainly she was; the tradition prevails far and wide.

Chorus 295And is there some story, too, that Zeus was joined in love with a mortal?

King This entanglement was not secret from Hera.

Chorus What then was the result of this royal strife?

King The goddess of Argos transformed the woman into a cow.

Chorus 300And while she was a horned cow, did not Zeus approach her?

King So they say, making his form that of a bull lusting for a mate.

Chorus What answer then did Zeus' stubborn consort give?

King She placed the all-seeing one to stand watch over the cow.

Chorus What manner of all-seeing herdsman with a single duty do you mean?

King 305Argus, a son of Earth, whom Hermes slew.

Chorus What else did she contrive against the unfortunate cow?

King A sting, torment of cattle, constantly driving her on.

Chorus They call it a gadfly, those who dwell by the Nile.

King Well then, it drove her by a long course out of the land.

Chorus 310Your account agrees with mine in all respects.

King So she came to Canobus and to Memphis.

Chorus And Zeus begot a son by the touching of his hand.

King Who is it then that claims to be the cow's Zeus-begotten calf?

Chorus 315Epaphus, and truly named from “laying on of hands.”

King [And who was begotten of Epaphus?]

Chorus Libya, who reaps the fruit of the largest portion of the earth.

King [What offspring, then, did Libya have?]

Chorus [Agenor was her first child born.]

King And who was his offspring?

Chorus Belus, who had two sons and was father of my father here.

King 320Now tell me his wisely-given name. [Note]

Chorus Danaus: and he has a brother with fifty sons.

King Reveal his name ungrudgingly.



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