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Aristophanes, Peace, 375-425
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nanTRYGAEUS: Do you not hear them wheedling you, mighty god? CHORUS: Be not pitiless toward our prayers; permit us to deliver the goddess. Oh! the most human, the most generous of the gods, be favourable toward us, if it be true that you detest the haughty crests and proud brows of Pisander; we shall never cease, oh master, offering you sacred victims and solemn prayers. TRYGAEUS: Have mercy, mercy, let yourself be touched by their words; never was your worship so dear to them as today. HERMES: I' truth, never have you been greater thieves. TRYGAEUS: I will reveal a great, a terrible conspiracy against the gods to you. HERMES: Hah! speak and perchance I shall let myself be softened. TRYGAEUS: Know then, that the Moon and that infamous Sun are plotting against you, and want to deliver Greece into the hands of the Barbarians. HERMES: What for? TRYGAEUS: Because it is to you that we sacrifice, whereas the barbarians worship them; hence they would like to see you destroyed, that they alone might receive the offerings. HERMES: 'Tis then for this reason that these untrustworthy charioteers have for so long been defrauding us, one of them robbing us of daylight and the other nibbling away at the other's disk.
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ναὶ μὰ Δία. πρὸς ταῦτ' ὦ φίλ' ̔Ερμῆ ξύλλαβεTRYGAEUS: Yes, certainly. So therefore, Hermes, my friend, help us with your whole heart to find and deliver the captive and we will celebrate the great Panathenaea in your honour as well as all the festivals of the other gods; for Hermes shall be the Mysteries, the Dipolia, the Adonia; everywhere the towns, freed from their miseries, will sacrifice to Hermes, the Liberator; you will be loaded with benefits of every kind, and to start with, I offer you this cup for libations as your first present. HERMES: Ah! how golden cups do influence me! Come, friends, get to work. To the pit quickly, pick in hand and drag away the stones. CHORUS: We go, but you, the cleverest of all the gods, supervise our labours; tell us, good workman as you are, what we must do; we shall obey your orders with alacrity. TRYGAEUS: Quick, reach me your cup, and let us preface our work by addressing prayers to the gods. HERMES: Oh! sacred, sacred libations! Keep silence, oh! ye people! keep silence! TRYGAEUS: Let us offer our libations and our prayers, so that this day may begin an era of unalloyed happiness for Greece and that he who has bravely pulled at the rope with us may never resume his buckler. CHORUS: Aye, may we pass our lives in peace, caressing our mistresses and poking the fire. TRYGAEUS: May he who would prefer the war, oh Dionysus, be ever drawing barbed arrows out of his elbows. CHORUS: If there be a citizen, greedy for military rank and honours, who refuses, oh, divine Peace! to restore you todaylight, may he behave as cowardly as Cleonymus on the battlefield. TRYGAEUS: If a lance-maker or a dealer in shields desires war for the sake of better trade, may he be taken by pirates and eat nothing but barley.
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Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

5 results
1. Homeric Hymns, To Demeter, 196 (8th cent. BCE - 6th cent. BCE)

196. Rejoicing. In a short time they came to
2. Pindar, Fragments, 133 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

3. Pindar, Olympian Odes, 2 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

4. Aristophanes, Peace, 183-194, 363-364, 371, 374, 376-425, 469, 603, 658, 661, 182 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

182. ὦ βδελυρὲ καὶ τολμηρὲ κἀναίσχυντε σὺ
5. Xenophanes, Fr. (W), None



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
acharnians, peace Miller and Clay, Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury (2019) 96
acharnians, wealth Miller and Clay, Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury (2019) 96
afterlife, reward in Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
afterlife, ritual absolution and Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
afterlife Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
aristophanes Miller and Clay, Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury (2019) 96
bacchic cults Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
dionysus Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
gods Versnel, Coping with the Gods: Wayward Readings in Greek Theology (2011) 362
herdsman, as speaking statue Miller and Clay, Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury (2019) 96
hermes, and comedy Miller and Clay, Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury (2019) 96
hermes, and gluttony Miller and Clay, Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury (2019) 96
hermes, in aristophanes Miller and Clay, Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury (2019) 96
metempsychosis (transmigration of soul, reincarnation), orphic beliefs Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
metempsychosis (transmigration of soul, reincarnation), pythagoreanism Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
mother at agrai Parker, Polytheism and Society at Athens (2005) 345
mysteries, greater (of eleusis) Parker, Polytheism and Society at Athens (2005) 345
mysteries, lesser (of agrai) Parker, Polytheism and Society at Athens (2005) 345
mystery cults Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
orphism Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
pythagoreanism xxv, metempsychosis Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
sacrifice, of hermes in h.hermes' Versnel, Coping with the Gods: Wayward Readings in Greek Theology (2011) 362
schibli, h. s. Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600
tuche Versnel, Coping with the Gods: Wayward Readings in Greek Theology (2011) 362
zeus, and punishment of mortals Wolfsdorf, Early Greek Ethics (2020) 600