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Suppliant Women

(p.53) ΙΚΕΤΙΔΕΣ‎
Aeschylus: Suppliant Women
A. J. Bowen
Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the original text and translation of Aeschylus' play the Suppliant Women. It describes the beginning of the play with a procession of girls that are accompanied by an older man who is soon named as Danaus, their father. It also talks about how the girls, who were fugitives from Egypt, were brought by sea by Danaus to seek sanctuary in Argos, the homeland of a distant ancestress named Io. The chapter looks at the rhythm changes to the lyric metres of the Suppliant Women, which promise to tell the whole tale of how the daughters' of Danaus side-tracked into self-pity and then into pondering the inscrutability of Zeus. It recounts the scene of how the girls become more and more disturbed at the prospect of being married and start to repeat in ephymnia their more frantic protests.

Keywords:   Aeschylus, Suppliant Women, Danaus, Argos, Zeus, Io, lyric metres

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