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Aeschylus, Eumenides, 640-649


πατρὸς προτιμᾷ Ζεὺς μόρον τῷ σῷ λόγῳ·CHORUS: Zeus gives greater honor to a father's death, according to what you say; yet he himself bound his aged father, Cronus. How does this not contradict what you say? I call on you as witnesses turning to the judges to hear these things. APOLLO: Oh, monsters utterly loathed and detested by the gods! Zeus could undo fetters, there is a remedy for that, and 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; nor 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? What purification rite of the brotherhoods 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. The one who mounts is the parent, whereas she, as a stranger for a stranger, preserves 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, and she is such a child as no goddess could give birth to.
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Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

5 results
1. Homer, Iliad, 15.204 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

15.204. /Then wind-footed swift Iris answered him:Is it thus in good sooth, O Earth-Enfolder, thou dark-haired god, that I am to bear to Zeus this message, unyielding and harsh, or wilt thou anywise turn thee; for the hearts of the good may be turned? Thou knowest how the Erinyes ever follow to aid the elder-born.
2. Aeschylus, Eumenides, 199-200, 212, 445-452, 464-524, 526-531, 585, 594-595, 600, 604-606, 609-639, 641-675, 679-681, 683, 689-706, 708-710, 723-728, 736-740, 855, 858-865, 944-948, 198 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

198. ἄναξ Ἄπολλον, ἀντάκουσον ἐν μέρει. 198. Lord Apollo, hear our reply in turn. You yourself are not partially guilty of this deed;
3. Euripides, Hercules Furens, 346-347, 345 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

345. taking another’s wife without leave given, while to save your own friends you have no skill. Either you are a god of little sense, or else naturally unjust. Exit Amphitryon. Choru
4. Euripides, Orestes, 867-956, 866 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

866. I had just come from the country and was entering the gates, needing to learn what was decided about you and Orestes, for I was always well disposed to your father when he was alive, and it was your house that reared me
5. Cornutus, De Natura Deorum, 17 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)



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accused/defendant Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 45
acropolis, athenian, proximity of the cult of semnai Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 157
aeschylus Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34; Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153, 157, 161; Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
agamemnon Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153
amphitryon Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
apollo Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34; Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153, 157, 161; Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
areopagus, homicide court Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 157, 161
argos Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153
athena, polias Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 157
athena Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153, 157, 161; Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
athens Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 157, 161
bacchae Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
binding hymn, of the erinyes Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153
blood, and miasma Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153
blood, in greek mythology Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
briareus Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
colli, g. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
cornutus Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
dionysus Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34; Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
dodds, e. r. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
erynies Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
female, gods Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
guthrie, w. k. c. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
heraclitus allegorista Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
homicide, justifiable Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 161
homicide law, athenian Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 161
justice, and erinyes/semnai/in the oresteia Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 157, 161
kottos Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
law and literature Gagarin and Cohen, The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (2005) 374
madness, in the oresteia Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153
matricide, and pursuit by erinyes Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153, 157, 161
mcginty, p. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
metis Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
mother, maternal, in mythology Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
mythology Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
order Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
orestes Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34; Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153, 157, 161; Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
otto, w. f. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
philippart, h. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
pohlenz, m. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
poseidon Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
rohde, e. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
seed, σπέρμα, male Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129
supplication, in the eumenides' Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153
thetis Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
thudippus Riess, Performing interpersonal violence: court, curse, and comedy in fourth-century BCE Athens (2012) 45
tragedy, and law Gagarin and Cohen, The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (2005) 374
untersteiner, m. Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34
zeus Del Lucchese, Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture (2019) 34; Petrovic and Petrovic, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (2016) 153; Trott, Aristotle on the Matter of Form: ? Feminist Metaphysics of Generation (2019) 129