Home About Network of subjects Linked subjects heatmap Book indices included Search by subject Search by reference Browse subjects Browse texts

Tiresias: The Ancient Mediterranean Religions Source Database



140
Aeschylus, Eumenides, 430-435


κλύειν δίκαιος μᾶλλον ἢ πρᾶξαι θέλεις. ΧορόςATHENA: You want to be called just rather than to act justly. CHORUS: How so? Teach me. For you are not poor in subtleties. ATHENA: I say that oaths must not win victory for injustice. CHORUS: Well then, question him, and make a straight judgment. ATHENA: Then would you turn over the decision of the charge to me? CHORUS: How not? — since we honor you because you are worthy and of worthy parentage. ATHENA: What do you want to say to this, stranger, in turn? After you name your country and family and fortunes, then defend yourself against this charge; if indeed, relying on the justice of your case, you sit clinging to my image near my hearth, as a sacred suppliant, like Ixion. To all this give me a plain answer. ORESTES: Lady Athena, first of all I will take away a great anxiety from your last words. I am not a suppliant in need of purification, nor did I sit at your image with pollution on my hands. I will give you strong proof of this. It is the law for one who is defiled by shedding blood to be barred from speech until he is sprinkled with the blood of a new-born victim by a man who can purify from murder. Long before at other houses I have been thus purified both by victims and by flowing streams. And so I declare that this concern is out of the way. As to my family, you will soon learn. I am an Argive; my father — you rightly inquire about him — was Agamemnon, the commander of the naval forces; along with him, you made Troy, the city of Ilion, to be no city. He did not die nobly, after he came home; but my black-hearted mother killed him after she covered him in a crafty snare that still remains to witness his murder in the bath. And when I came back home, having been an exile in the time before, I killed the woman who gave birth to me, I will not deny it, as the penalty in return for the murder of my dearly-loved father. Together with me Loxias is responsible for this deed, because he threatened me with pains, a goad for my heart, if I should fail to do this deed to those who were responsible. You judge whether I acted justly or not; whatever happens to me at your hands, I will be content.
NaN
NaN
NaN
NaN
NaN


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

6 results
1. Homeric Hymns, To Hermes, 275, 274 (8th cent. BCE - 6th cent. BCE)

274. I care for other things; for sleep I yearn
2. Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 1433, 1580, 1432 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

1432. μὰ τὴν τέλειον τῆς ἐμῆς παιδὸς Δίκην 1432. By who fulfilled things for my daughter, Justice
3. Aeschylus, Eumenides, 101-139, 150-152, 155-172, 175-177, 235-243, 276-298, 321-339, 34, 340-349, 35, 350-359, 36, 360-369, 37, 370-379, 38, 380-389, 39, 390-399, 40, 400-402, 41, 414, 416-417, 419, 42, 420-429, 43, 431-435, 439, 44, 445-449, 45, 450-452, 458, 46, 463-469, 47, 470-479, 48, 480-489, 49-51, 517-519, 52, 520-525, 53-62, 621, 63-68, 680, 689, 69, 690-699, 70, 700-706, 71, 710, 72-76, 762-769, 77, 770-774, 78-100 (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
4. Plato, Laws, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

842e. which deal with marriage, and with the birth and nurture and education of the children, and with the appointment of magistrates in the State. For the present he must turn, in his legislating, to the subject of food and of those whose labors contribute to its supply. First, then, let there be a code of laws termed agricultural. Ath. The first law—that of Zeus the Boundary-god—shall be stated thus: No man shall move boundary-marks of land, whether they be those of a neighbor who is a native citizen or those of a foreigner
5. Aeschines, Letters, 3.11 (4th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

6. Demosthenes, Orations, 33.13-33.14, 39.3-39.4, 40.9-40.11 (4th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
aeschylus Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
agamemnon, murder of Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 15
alliance with argos Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
alliance with argos (tragedy) Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
alliance with athens (political, reality) Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
alliance with athens (tragedy) Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
amphictyonic league Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
antilochus Gagarin and Cohen, The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (2005) 89
apollo Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
arai (curses) Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 15
areopagus Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
aristophanes Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
assembly Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
athena Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
athens Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
athens and argos Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
athens and argos (in tragedy) Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
audience Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
clytaemestra, oaths sworn by Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 15
clytaemestra Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 15
clytemnestra Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
curse-tablets Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14, 15
daimones Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 15
defence Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
dicasts oath Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
dikē Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14, 15
erinyes Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
gender and oaths Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
herodotus Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
homicide trials, oaths in Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
law, greek, early (archaic) Gagarin and Cohen, The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (2005) 89
law, near-eastern Gagarin and Cohen, The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (2005) 89
law-courts, dicasts oath Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
menelaus Gagarin and Cohen, The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (2005) 89
murder Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
oath-challenges Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
oath Gagarin and Cohen, The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (2005) 89
oath challenge Fletcher, Performing Oaths in Classical Greek Drama (2012) 53
oaths sworn by Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 14
orestes Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
perjury, supernatural punishment for Fletcher, Performing Oaths in Classical Greek Drama (2012) 53
perjury Fletcher, Performing Oaths in Classical Greek Drama (2012) 53
politicians Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
praise Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
procedural law' Gagarin and Cohen, The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (2005) 89
revenge curses Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 15
thucydides Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
thyestes Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 15
tragedy Poet and Orator: A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens (2019)" 391
zeus, supervises dikē Sommerstein and Torrance, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (2014) 15