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Aeschylus, Eumenides, 276-279


ἐγὼ διδαχθεὶς ἐν κακοῖς ἐπίσταμαιORESTES: Taught by misery, I know many purification rituals, and I know where it is right to speak and equally to be silent; and in this case, I have been ordered to speak by a wise teacher. For the blood is slumbering and fading from my hand, the pollution of matricide is washed away; while it was still fresh, it was driven away at the hearth of the god Phoebus by purifying sacrifices of swine. It would be a long story to tell from the beginning, how many people I have visited, with no harm from association with me. [Time purges all things, aging with them.] So now with a pure mouth I piously invoke Athena, lady of this land, to come to my aid. Without the spear, she will win me and my land and the Argive people as faithful and true allies for all time. But whether in some region of the Libyan land, near the waters of Triton, her native stream, she is in action or at rest, aiding those whom she loves, or whether, like a bold marshal, she is surveying the Phlegraean plain, oh, let her come — as a goddess, she hears even from far away — to be my deliverer from distress! CHORUS: No, neither Apollo nor Athena's strength can save you from perishing abandoned, not knowing where joy is in your heart — a bloodless victim of the gods below, a shadow. You do not answer, but scorn my words, you who are fattened and consecrated to me? Living, you will be my feast, not slain at an altar; now you will hear this hymn, a spell to bind you.
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1. Aeschylus, Eumenides, 101-116, 235-243, 277-298, 34-39, 397-399, 40, 400-402, 41, 414, 416-417, 419, 42, 420-429, 43, 430-435, 439, 44, 445-449, 45, 450-452, 458, 46, 463-469, 47, 470-479, 48, 480-489, 49-68, 689, 69, 690-699, 70, 700-706, 71-100 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

100. παθοῦσα δʼ οὕτω δεινὰ πρὸς τῶν φιλτάτων 100. And yet, although I have suffered cruelly in this way from my nearest kin, no divine power is angry on my behalf, slaughtered as I have been by the hands of a matricide. See these gashes in my heart, and from where they came! For the sleeping mind has clear vision


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