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DRAMATIS PERSONS 

The Pythian Prophetess. 
Apollo. 
Orestes. 

Hermes (silent), conducting Orestes. 
Ghost of Clytemnestra. 
Chorus of the Furies. 
Athena. 

Jury of Areopagites. 

Escort of Athenians, who conduct the Furies to their cavern in 
procession, with a chorus. 



OF THE 

UNIVERSITY 

califorS]^ 




THE EUMENIDES 

{The Fttries) 



Delphi, before the temple of Apollo. 

Prophetess. First among the Gods I name with chiefest 
honour in this prayer the first diviner Gaea (Earth) ; and 
after her Themis (Law) ; for she, as a tradition telleth, 
took her seat here second upon that which was her mother's 
place of oracle ; and third in succession, with the good- 
will and consent of Themis and with no force done to any, 
another Titaness and child of Earth took seat here, Phoebe ; 
she bestowed it as a birthday gift on Phoebus, and he 
bears the name of Phoebe borrowed from her.^ He, coming 
from the lake and ridge of Delos, landed at the havening lo 
shores of Pallas, and came thence to this country and his 
seat upon Parnassus. He was brought upon his way with 
solemn worship by the sons of Hephaestus, the road-makers, 
taming the wildness of the untamed land. And on his 
coming he was most highly honoured by the people and by 
Delphos the sovereign ruler of this country. Zeus caused 

^ The purpose of this opening passage is to prepare for the har- 
monious reconciliation at the close between the Powers of Earth and 
Darkness and the Powers of Heaven and Light. 

I I 



2 THE EUMENIDES 

his mind to be inspired with the diviner's art, and seated 
him as the fourth prophet on this throne ; and Loxias is 
the interpreter of Zeus his father. 

These are the Gods I worship in my opening prayer. 20* 
And Pallas of the Precinct hath honourable mention also ; 
and I adore the Nymphs, that habit where is the Corycian 
cavern, hollow, beloved of birds, the haunt of deities. — 
Bromius hath possessed the region — I am not forgetful — 
since the time when in his deity he led an army of the 
Bacchanals, designing death for Pentheus like a hunted 
hare. And with a call upon the springs of Pleistus, and 
Poseidon's power, and on the Most High Zeus of Consum- 
mation, I then take my seat as prophetess : — and may they 
grant me that my entrance now may be more successful 30 
far than any heretofore. And if there be any Hellenes 
present, let them come in order of the lot, as is the usage ; 
for I give responses as the God dictates. 

{The Priestess enters the temple^ and presently comes 
out again, half famti?ig.) 

horror, horror, horror to relate and to behold, hath 
sent me forth again from the house of Loxias, that I have 
no strength left in me nor agile step ; my running is rather 
with my hands than nimbleness of legs ; for an aged 
woman in alarm is nought — nay, even as a child. 

1 was on my way towards the laurelled cell, when on the 
Navel-stone I saw a man polluted before heaven in the 40 
session of a suppliant, his hands dripping with blood, 
and holding a drawn sword and ^ high-grown branch 
of olive, wreathed in humble fashion with the largest 
wool — a silvery fleece, for on that point I will speak with 
certainty. 

And before this man there sleeps a wondrous troop of 
women seated upon thrones — no, not women, Gorgons : — 



THE EUMENIDES 3 

no, nor yet Gorgons either can I compare them to : — I have 
seen some in a picture before now carrying off the feast of 50 
Phineus — but these are wingless, and black, and abominable 
altogether. And they snore with blasts one cannot venture 
near, and from their eyes there drips a loathsome rheum. 
And their attire is such as is not fit to bring near statues 
of the Gods, nor into homes of men. My eyes have never 
seen the tribe these visitants belong to, and I know not 
the land that can boast to breed this generation without 
harm, and not repent her pains. 

The sequel now must be his care who is the master 60 
of this house, the mighty Loxias himself: he is both 
Medicining-Seer and Portent-reader, and to those others 
purifier of their houses. ' 

The interior of the temple. Orestes seated at the Centre- 
st07ie^ the Furies surrounditig him, asleep; Hermes 
in the background. 

{E?iter Apollo.) 

Apollo. I will not fail ! Through to the end I will be thy 
protector close by thy side — aye, and though far removed, 
— and will not show me gentle to thine enemies. So now 
thou seest here these raveners overcome by sleep : there 
lying sunken the abominable Maids, these hoary, ancient 
Children, wdth whom never mateth God or man or any 70 
beast 1 — nay, evil was the very cause of their creation, ^ for 

^ The relative clause, by a studied carelessness, usurps the place of 
the main sentence : Class. Rev. 1904, p. 242. There is another example 
at V. 688. 

^ Paradise Lost, i. 622 : 

' A universe of death, which God by curse 
Created evil, for evil only good, 
Where all life dies, death lives.' 



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it is the evil darkness of the Pit that they inhabit under 
the earth, things abhorred by human kind and by the Gods 
of Heaven. Nevertheless thou must still fly and grow not 
faint ; for they will chase thee right across the long main- 
land, footing it ever over the trodden earth,^ and beyond 
sea and island colonies. And let not thy spirit fail through 
too much dwelling on the toil of it, but go unto the town 
of Pallas, and take session, clasping her ancient image in 80 
thine arms. And there, with judges of the case and speech 
of soothing charm, we will discover means to free thee 
wholly from this trouble ; for it was at my persuasion thou 
didst take thy mother's life. 

Orestes. Lord Apollo, thou well knowest what is 
righteousness, and being perfect in that lore, add only to 
be not forgetful of it ; thy strength to do good act is fully 
competent. 

Apollo. Remember, let not fear dismay thy spirit. — And 
thou {to Hermes), my very brother, of one Father's blood, 
H ermes, do thou protect him ; prove full well thy title 90 
and be Guide, in shepherding this man, my suppliant. It 
is a thing sacred in the eyes of Zeus, this sanctity of out- 
laws, when sped forth upon their journey with auspicious 
escort.^ 

[Apollo leaves the temple^ and Orestes starts upo7t his 
journey ijt the charge of Hermes. 

^ V. 76 fiifiSovT av^ atel TTjf ivXavoaTi^r] x^^v- 

^ (T€0€i TOi Zeus T(^5' eKvSficov (reySas, 
6p/x(i>jj.evov ^poTo7aiv evir6jj.Trcf Tvx'p- 
Aeschylus might have written opixwixivoiv, but cre/Se: tJS' iKv6/xwv crefias 
is an idiomatic way of saying aefiei Tovade iKv6/j.ous, as, for example, 
V. 548 TOKiwv (Te$as eS irpoTioov, and v. 886 a\\' el fiev ayv6v iari 
(Toi Tliidovs ffifias : so that toS' iKv6jxwv ericas opixwfxdvov is equivalent, 
to ToucSe iKv6fxovs bpyLoofxevovs, while ^porolaiv here, as often, merely 
means ' with men,' ' on earth.' The sentence has been sometimes 
misinterpreted, as though Spixd/xevou meant ' sent to men, ' 



THE EUMENIDES 5 

{Enter the Ghost ^Clytemnestra.) 

Clyt. Oh, ah, sleep on, would ye ! and what good are ye 
asleep ? While I, thus slighted in contempt by you, with 
the other dead there for my killing the reproach ahiong the 
perished is still fresh and vivid,i and I wander in disgrace 
abroad : — I tell you, I am most grievously accused by 
them — and yet, though used so shamefully by nearest kin, 100 
there is not one Spirit that shows wrath on my account, 
slaughtered as I was with hands of matricide ! — Behold the 
wounds here with thine inward consciousness.- 

Oh and yet plenty of my provisions have ye lapped 
— wineless drink-offerings, sober soothing-draughts, and 
banquets in the solemn night upon the burning brazier 
would I sacrifice, a season shared with you by none in 
Heaven. And all this I behold now trod like dirt beneath HO 
your feet, and Jie is gone, escaped even as a fawn ; ay, and 
that lightly from the very meshes hath he sprung, making 
great mouths at you ! Give ear, because my plea is for my 
very life ! Be conscious, O ye Goddesses of earth below ! 
'Tis in a dream now Clytemnestra calls to you. 

i^A sound of mutter i?ig or meiving {fxv fxv Ar. jE^. id) is 
heard from the Furies.) 

1 Clytemnestra's passion makes her incoherent. 

'^ V, 103 opa Se TrXrjyas rdaSe KapSia credev. Her wound was at 
the throat, irphs Z^p7]v v. 595, eirw 5epas Eur. El. 12 1 9. After this line 
the MS. gives : 

€u5ouo'a 7ap <pp\]v o/jL/Aamv Xaixirpvperai, 
eV Vfiepcf, Se fJi.o7p airp6<TKOTros fiporoov, 
' for when asleep the mind is lit with eyes, but in the daytime mortal 
man hath no endowment of prevision.' But the Furies are not 
mortal men, nor do they need foresight to see what is present ; nor 
is Clytemnestra in a mood for such reflections. I believe with Schuetz 
that they are an illusLratiou quoted from some other play of Aeschylus. 



6 THE EUMENIDES 

Clyt. Mew, mew ! but the man is gone and far in flight. 
For he hath friends far different from mine ! ^ 

{T/iey 7new again. ^ 120 

Clyt. Thou art too drowsy, thou hast no compassion for 
my case ; meanwhile Orestes, murderer of his mother here, 
is gone ! 

{Cries of ^ O, O,' from the Furies.) 

Clyt. ' O, O,' and slumbering ! Come, arise at once. 
What deed hast thou accomplished except working mischief? 

Fur. O, O ! 

Clyt. Slumber and weariness, empowered conspirators, 
have drawn the venom of the dreadful dragoness ! 

Fur. ( JVith redoubled ivhimperings.) To him, to him, to 130 
him, to him, mark there ! 

Clyt. 'Tis but in dream thou art hunting and giving 
tongue, like a hound whose eager keenness never ceases. 
What is thy doing} '^ Up ! let not fatigue subdue thee; be 
not made so soft with sleep as to forget the sense of hurt. 
Let thy liver feel the sting of merited reproaches ; for to 
the right-minded they are as a goad.^ — And thou, waft thy 

^ Reading (with Weil) (pixoi yap (l<riv, ovk ef^ols Trpocrei/coTes. 
Hermann's reading ^i\ois yap daiv, ovk i/j-oi, irpoalKTopis (which 
takes irpoaiKTopis like Zevs a<piKTwp in Supp. i) would mean 'for it 
is my kin, not I, that have petitionary Gods': what one looks for 
rather is * but I have none,' that is, e/xoi S' ov, as in Eur. Or. 576, 
where Orestes says : 

^ firjTpl juej/ irdpeicri (rvfifxaxoi 9eoi, 
TCf) S' ov irdpeKTi, fxaWov rjSiKrj/xeucfi, 

'^ Tt Spos ; as Ti (Toi TreVpa/CTat irpayixa in V. 1 25. 

^ V. 135. The vengeance of the dead, of which the Furies are 
embodiments, was conceived as being stirred up by reproaches, taunts, 
of the indignities and shames that they had suffered ; see Cho. 374 (with 
my note), 493, Eur. Or. 1239, Soph. El. 1069; and reproaches were 
described in many metaphorical words (as diivnv Theb. 369, fAaa-riKT-fip 
Siipp. 475, KaOiKt/eTadai) as slinging blows, as from a scourge or goad. 
In V, 155 we see these taunts at work. 



THE EUMENIDES 7 

blood-hot breath upon the man, wither him with the hot 

blast of thy belly's fire ; follow with a fresh pursuit and wear 

him down. [£xtf. 

{The Furies awake.) 

Fur. Rouse, arouse her there, as I rouse thee ! Art 140 
sleeping ? Come, arise and kick sleep off, and in this prelude 
let us see if there be anything at fault. 

Out upon it ! Fie ! O sisters, we have suffered — 

Suffered much and wantonly have I ! 

Suffered bitter anguish, O alack ! 

A fearful blow ! 

The game hath slipped from the meshes and is gone — 

Overcome by sleep I lost my prey ! 

Aha, thou son of Zeus, thou art a thievish knave — 

Thy youth has ridden trampling over aged Deities — 150 

To respect thy suppliant, a godless man and cruel to his 
parents — 

The mother-slayer thou hast filched away, and thou a 
God! 

What is there here that any can call right ? 

And to me in dreams there came rebuke, that smote me 
as a chariot-driver with mid-grasped goad — 

Under the ribs, under the lobe — 

Sore I can feel it, sore exceedingly, a chill from the fell 
common scourger's lash ! ^ 160 

This is what these Younger Powers do, 

Usurping everything beyond their rights — 

A dripping curd of gore - 

About the foot, about the head — the eye may see the 

^ See V. 135 with the note. As the Furies are embodied in a concrete 
form, the taunts of Clytemnestra take effect in that way. In v. 161 
read with Schuetz fiapv ti, Trepl^apv, Kpvos exeiv : cf. T/ied. 819. 

^ V. 164 dpofifiov Wakefield. 



8 THE EUMENIDES 

Navel-stone of Earth possessed of a huge stain of blood 
upon it.i ..^ 

A Prophet, he hath brought defilement on his holy cell 170 
with home-pollution, self-invited and self-urged ; transgress- 
ing the Gods' law, he hath regarded human things, and the 
ancient Apportionings ^ he hath destroyed. 

To me too is he grievous, and the man's deliverance he 

shall not compass ; though he fly below the earth, there is 

no freedom for him evermore ; a man with guilt upon him 

unabsolved, he shall get upon his head another to pollute 

him there. ^ 

{Enter Apollo.) 

Ap. Out, I command you ! get you from this house 
forthwith, begone from my prophetic cell ! for fear you get 18O 
a winged glistering serpent speeding from the golden string, 
and with the pain disgorge the red froth drawn from human 
creatures, vomiting the clotted blood that you have'sucked ! 
These are not houses you are fit to come unto ; your place 
is where are punishments of lopping heads and digging eyes 
and cutting throats, where by destruction of the seed boys' 
youthful vigour is impaired, and mutilation of extremities,* 

^ V. 169 : 

icpeaTLCf 5e fxavrts (cv fiiaix^ari 
^JLVX^V expaJ'ttx' avT6(T(TVTos, avTOKArjTOs. 
One could hardly find a better example of the middle voice. 

^ Tra\aiy€P€7s Se Moipas (pBicras, more or less personified : v. 730 
irakaias Siavofias Kara(pQi(ras is the same thing. 
^ erepou iv Koipa 
Hid<TTOp^ iKiivuv TrdaeTai MS. 
In place of iKeivov metre requires — >• — . 

^ V. 185. On this passage see Class. Rev. 1905, p. 397. The 
alternation of substantives (with eiViV or yiyi/oyrai understood) and 
verbs is quite natural in Greek, e.£: Aesch. fra^'-. 1 58: 
Bep^KvvTa x^P^^) ^^^ Adpacmias eSos, 
"iSrjs re /uLVK-qd/xolai. Kal fipux'fl/^cio'iu 
ipirovat, fxi)K(av TTciv opex^fwet 7r65ov 



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THE EUMENIDES 9 

and stoning, and where men moan long and piteously, im- 
paled beneath the spine ! — Do ye hear the sort of feast ye 190 
have a liking for, that makes you loathed of Heaven ? And 
all the fashion of your form suggests it. A blood-lapping 
lion's den is where such as you should habit, not in this 
wealthy ^ place of oracle, infecting with contagion. Begone 
ye in a herd unshepherded ! No God in heaven hath any 
love for such a flock as you. , .,., - 

Fur. Lord Apollo, listen now to our reply : — Thou thy- 
self art answerable for this, not in part, but all; 'tis thy 
sole doing, and thou art answerable wholly. 

Ap. How so ? Extend thy speech so far. 

Fur. Thou gavest injunction that the man here should 
do matricide. 

Ap. I gave injunction to exact ^ vengeance for his father. 

Fur. And then engaged thyself to be acceptor of the 
blood. 

Ap. And bade him turn for absolution to this temple. 200 

Fur. And then revilest his conductors hither ? 

Ap. Ay, they are not fit ^ to come near such a house as 
this. 

Fur. Bu^this is a part appointed us. 

Ap, What is this proud office? Let us hear the noble 
privilege ! 

{Class. .Rev. 1902, p. 435), Eur. Cycl. 164-170, Philostr. Apoll. v. 26 
ivQo. ol/J.(ayr] re Koi v^pis oKKvvtwv re koI oKKvfx^vwv, peei 5' aifiaTi yaia. 

^ V. ig^ irAova-ioKTi : a frequent epithet of temples, especially of 
Delphi with its rich offerings and its treasuries. TrXrjaloia-L of the MS. 
could not mean anything except ' in this neighbouring place,' and 
neighbouring to what ? It has no meaning. TrAovaioia-i. is Pauw's 
emendation ; the words are confused elsewhere, as Eur. A/ed. 956, 
Max. Tyr. xxxv. 3, Schol. F. V. 832 (v.l.), Stob. F/or. 22. 3. 

- V. 203 -Kpa^ai. Wecklein's Khi^ai. would be true (Soph. El. 35), 
but seems less fitting here. 

^ V. 207 irpoacpopoi. 



lO THE EUMENIDES 

Fur. We drive out mother-slayers from their homes. 210 

Fur. And women ^ — how with a woman that destroys 
her husband ? 

Fur. That would not be a killing of same blood and 
kindred. 

Ap. O quite then dishonoured and of no account you 
make ^ the troth-plight between Zeus and Hera of Comple- 
tion ! And Queen Cypris too is cast into dishonour by 
this argument, from whom come to men their nearest ^ and 
their dearest joys. P'or the Fate-sealed marriage-bed of 
man and wife is mightier than the pledge of any oath.^ If 
then you are so lenient to them that slay each other as 
not to punish or to visit them with wrath,^ I say it is not 220 
justice of you to pursue Orestes : for in one case I observe 
you taking sharpest cognisance, and in another manifestly 
acting more remissly. — But the Goddess Pallas will review 
the justice of this case by trial. 

Fur. That man I never, never will let go ! 

Ap. Keep on pursuing then, and give thyself more trouble ! 

Fur. Seek not to abridge my rights by argument. 

Ap. I would not have them at a gift, thy rights. 

Fur. No, thou art of great account in any case beside 
the throne of Zeus. But I, because a mother's bloodshed 230 
draws me on, will pursue this man for vengeance, and thus 
set about my hounding quest. \Exeunt. 

^ V. 211 Ti yap yvvouKas (Paley). 
V. 213 ^ KdpT^ uTifia Kal ■nap' ovd^u rjpKeaco MS. Perhaps rjv^xro) 
or ^vv(Tas : what one expects is o/f^eTat. 

^ V. 216 TO, (piArara includes both senses (lOO, 61 1), and 'closest 
tie ' is necessary for the argument. 

^ V. 218. Oath being a Triaruixa. 

^ V. 220. Reading rh ^^ Tivea-Oai /xtjS' iiroimveiv k6tcv with 
Meineke : cf. Horn, r 278, T 259, Eur. Or. 315, Theognis 204. 
rh fj-r] fieXecrOai (Auratus) would do well — ' as not to care or visit them,' 
or ' as not to care even to visit them,' 



THE EUMENIDES II 

Ap. And I — will aid my suppliant, and rescue him ! A 
fearful thing with men and Gods alike is the Appealer's 
wrath, should I forsake him wilfully. 

An interval of at least a year is imagined to elapse {airevt- 
avTiorfxos). The scene is now transferred to Athens^ at the 
shrine and ancient image of Athena} 

{Efiter Orestes, accompanied by Hermes.) 

Orestes. Queen Athena, by the commands of Loxias am 
I come ; receive an outcast wanderer with clemency — a 
suppliant not in need of absolution, but with edge abated 
and worn off upon men's habitations ^ elsewhere and on 
travelled ways, in course of journeying over dry land and 240 
sea, preserving the injunctions of Apollo's oracle, I come 
now to thy dwelling and thine image. Goddess, here still 
keeping at my post I will abide the settlement of trial. ^ 

{The Furies enter dispersedly, questi?tg on the trail by scent.) 

Aha, good! here are the man's traces manifest: — come 
follow by the dumb informer's evidence, — for as a hound 
pursues a wounded fawn, we track him by the (scent 
of) blood and droppings of it. And with the long ex- 

^ Professor Ridgeway thinks the scene is not the image of Athena 
Polias on the Acropolis, but another sanctuary of Pallas to the south- 
east of it, outside the wall, where was held the ancient court known 
as TO eVl noXAaSto). His arguments are given in the Classical Review^ 
October 1907. 

- See V. 455, Eur. Or. 423-4. 

^ The text, I think, is complete, only the sentence develops irregularly 
as it goes on — a thing which Aeschylus does often for dramatic purposes 
{vv. 112, 905 are other examples): fip^ras rb <r6v must be governed 
by (pv\d(rcr<i}v {z>. 442 Ppdras toS^ riaai (pvxdcrfrwv) as well as by 
iTp6(Ti:iixi. But in V. 239 we should probably read a\A' au^Xvs ■^5ry 
■irpo(TT6Tpifiuevos re irpos with Prien. 



12 THE EUMENIDES 

hausting toil my inwards blow, — for every quarter of the 
earth has been grazed over by our flock, and over the sea 
too in wingless flight I came pursuing, no whit slower than 250 
a ship. So now he must be crouching somewhere here ; — 
the smell of human blood smiles sweetly on me.^ 

Look out, look out again ! scan everywhere around, for 
fear the matricide escape in flight scot-free. 

Yes,^ here he is again ! in sanctuary, with arms entwined 
about the image of an immortal Goddess, he would fain 
submit to trial for his handiwork. 260 

But it may not be : — a mother's blood upon the ground 
is ill to gather up again, O foul, liquid spilt upon the ground 
is lost and gone ! 

Nay, thou must render from thy living self the rich red 
liquor from thy limbs to swill; from thee would I get^ 
feeding of that evil draught. 

While yet alive I'll wither thee away and drag thee down 
below, that thou mayst pay the quittance for thy cruel 
matricide. 

'^'' 253 ocriiTj ^poT^icov alfidrtov fie irpoay^Xa : TrpoayeA^, arridet^ 
is a, synonym of Trpoaa-alviL, which (as Jebb well says on Soph. AnL 
1 214) could be used of that which appeals for recognition by vividly 
striking the senses. oXkolWh was sometimes used instead. * Smells 
wooingly, flatteringly, gives a welcome to my sense, gives me sweet 
warrant.' 



2 V. 258 : 



85 oibTi 7' a\Kau exoou 
irepl fiperet TrAex^els 
deas afj.fip6Tov. 



The MS. gives : 

'65 avre yovu dA/caj/ ex(»v irepl fipcrei 
which was meant for an iambic trimeter ; whenever scribes can make 
what they consider an iambic line, they do so, often by inserting ye 
or ovi/ and so on. oi/v was ejected here by Hermann. If the yt is 
sound, it must mean 'Yes.' 

^ v. 266 ^offKOLv <pepoi/j.av MS., doubtful. 



THE EUMENIDES I3 

And thou shalt see there whosoever else among mankind 
hath done iniquity, by sin against a God or a stranger or 270 
his own dear parents, suffering each the due reward of 
justice. For Hades is a great corrector of mankind below 
the earth, and taketh note of everything with mind that 
writeth it as in a book. 

Orestes. Taught in the school of sorrow, I am deeply 
read in purifying lore ; I know when it is right to speak, 
and likewise to keep silence ; but in this present matter I 
was charged to speak, by a most wise instructor : for the 
blood upon my hand is slumbering now and fading — the 280 
matricidal polliition is washed out ; for while yet fresh it was 
expelled at the bright God Apollo's hearth with purges of 
slain swine : and it would make a long tale to recount from 
the beginning all those that I have visited with harmless 
intercourse.^ So likewise now it is with pure lips innocently 
that 1 call upon this country's Queen, Athena, to come 
hither to my aid : without spear lifted, she shall win both 
me and my country and the Argive people in true honest 290 
friendship and alliance absolutely. O whether then it be 
in Libyan regions of the earth, about her natal stream of 
Trito's flood that she be planting an erect or covered foot,^ 

^ Here in the MS, follows a proverbial line from elsewhere, X9^'^'^^ 
Ka6aip(7 iravTa yrjpda-Koov o/xov, ' Time in his ageing course destroyeth 
all.' 

■^ V. 294 TiOrjaiu hpdov ^ KaTrjp60/? iroSa. This is the literal trans- 
lation of the words, but what precisely they imply it is not easy to be 
certain. Some (as Paley, Liddell and Scott s.v. 6p66s, Verrall) take 
op96v to mean ' advanced beyond the skirt.' There are these difficulties 
— that the antithesis to KaT7]pe(pr] one would expect rather to be yvfjLv6v, 
and that opQif ttoSi elsewhere (so far as I can find) means always recto 
talo, upright in standing or walking as opposed to lying down or 
sitting. fXT] KaTr]p€(p7i 'not covered,' would be easier. I cannot help 
suspecting that in any case there is an allusion of some kind to Homer 
Z 92, where a ireirXos (as at the Panathenaea) is to be offered to Athena : 
6i7yai 'A0Tjj/ai7js iir). yovvaffiu TjVK^fioio : 



14 THE EUMENIDES 

succouring her friends, — or whether like a man that is a 
marshal bold she be surveying the Phlegraean Plain, O may 
she come — a God can hear though he be far away — to be 
my deliverer from this affliction. 

Fur. Never shall Apollo or Athena's might deliver thee, 
but thou shalt be abandoned utterly and lost, finding the 300 
place of gladness in thy heart no more.^ 

Dost thou not even answer, but contemn my words, 
a victim fatted up for me and consecrated? While yet 
living thou shalt make me banquet, and not slain beside the 
altar ; and thou shalt hear now a spelling hymn to bind 
thee to us. 

Come now, let us join hands in the dance, for we are 
purposed to show forth a dismal minstrelsy and to expound 
our functions, how this band of ours administers the affairs 310 
of men. Just and upright we consider that we are ; ^ when 
a man displayeth openly clean hands and pure, no wrath 
from us proceeds against him, and he passes through the 
course of life unscathed ; but when he hath committed sin 
as this man hath, and privily concealeth hands defiled with 
blood, then do we arise to lend an upright witness to the 320 
dead, and to exact the price of bloodshed thoroughly. 

Mother who didst give me birth, O Mother Night, to be 
a Punishment to them that are in dark, to them that are in 

here the reading eTri yovuacnv gave rise to a debated question whether 
the Palladium was a standing or a seated figure : see Strabo 6oo, 
Libanius iv. 1115-6. 

^ After this Hne the MS. gives : 

ava.ifji.aTQV fi6(TKr)fxa dai/jiovcav cTKid' 
'the bloodless meat of Spirits below, a shadow.' If it belongs to this 
passage at all, it would come best after v. 305 ovhk irphs ^w/n^ acpayels, 
' and not slain at altar ' ; but I suspect that it was quoted in the margin 
as a parallel. 

" evdvSlKaioi 5' ol6fxed^ elvai' 
cf. oUfjLida in Thuc. v. 105, vo/xiCo/jLev in i. 70. 



THE EUMENIDES I 5 

day, give ear ! Because the son of Leto seeketh to deprive 
me of my rights, by taking from my grasp this cowering 
hare, the rightful expiation for a mother's blood. 

Over the victim is chanted this ditty, to madden the 330 
brain, distract the sense, and blight the mind, a hymn that 
from the Furies comes, fettering the will, untuned with harp, 
and withering men away. 

For this is what the thread of Fate throughout all time 
continuing assigned to be our office in perpetual possession 
— those among Mankind that have incurred the wanton act 
of kindred bloodshed, ^ upon such to wait until he pass 340 
below the earth, — and after death he is not over-free. 

Over the victim is chanted this ditty, to madden the 
brain, distract the sense, and blight the mind, a hymn that 
from the Furies comes, fettering the will, untuned with harp, 
and withering men away. 

These offices were sealed by Fate upon us at our birth : — 
but from the Gods Immortal to refrain our hands : there is 350 
none that shares the banquet with us, and in pure-white 
raiment I have neither part nor lot : for my province is the 
wrecking of a house, when war domestic hath destroyed a 
kinsman. 

Even so are we now setting upon him,^ and lusty though 
he be, yet do we make him faint and dim at last.^ 360 

dpoTwv ToilffLV avTovpylai 

(Turnebus) seems to be the right correction of dvarwv Totaiv avroup-^lais 
^v/jLiraacaffiv fidraioi. — Iv^n^crwaiv is used euphemistically (like ^v/j.(popd) 
with irony. 

- Reading iirl rhv w5' i4/j.€vai with E. Ahrens. 
^ This is the main sense clearly ; the MS. gives : 
eVi rhv S> SiS/nevai 
KpaTepoy uud^ o/xolcas 
/xavpov/xiv 170' aiuaros viov — 
of which the last part is a paraphrase of the original. 



l6 THE EUMENIDES 

And while I am eagerly seeking to relieve another of this 
troublesome office/ and upon concerns of mine to seal the 
Heavenly Gods' exemption, without coming to inquiry ^ — 
Zeus hath rejected from his conversation this ^ gory and 
abo77iinahle tribe ' 

< Wrecking of a house, when war domestic hath destroyed 
a kinsman : 

Even so are we now setting upon him, and lusty though 
he be, yet do we make him faint and dim at last. > 

Glories of men,^ for all their grandeur in the light of day, 
waste again beneath the earth and dwindle in dishonour, 370 

^ Xen. Cyr. vii. I. 44 rb \i\v eirl Kpo7(rov (TvaTpaTeveiv a(f)e\€7v (Tcplffiv 

2 This passage, in a text which cannot be relied upon, is extremely 
difficult to deal with, and the version given here is only tentative. 
The MS. has : 

cnr€vSoix€Va (altered to (nrevd6/J.evai) 5' a(piKi7v riva refcrSe fJt.€pifiuas . 

dicoy (5' areAeiai/ iixaicn AtraTs iiriKpaiviLV 

/irj5' els &yKpi(Tiv ixdeiv. 
With ar^Keiav and eis ayKpiaiv i\de7v, it looks as though we had 
allusion to the Liturgies or Public Duties at Athens, and the legal 
right, which any citizen charged with such a liturgy possessed, of 
calling on some other person to perform it, as being better able to 
support the burden. The dispute between the rival claimants to 
immunity (areAeia) was adjudicated by the magistrates (SiaSiKaaia). 
As the text stands, therefore, the Erinyes appear to say : * We are not 
only wilHng, but anxious, to relieve the Celestials of this Liturgy, 
and to undertake the charge ourselves, without waiting for them to 
challenge us before a magistrate.' 

The comparison of the Gods' concern for human affairs to a Liturgy 
is made by Lucian ii. 760 : elra Kal ■wpovoi'iv twu kuO' tj/xus irpayfiaTcav 
ov Traaiu iBoKOvv 01 deoi, aAA' ^(rau riv^s 01 ttjs (Tv/XTrdarjs eTr/yueAeto? 
avTovs acpUyres, Sxrirfp rj/j.^Ts eldoda/nev airoKveiv rwv \iirovpyicov rovs 
iraprj^TjKSTas. 

eVa?s fxe\(Tais was conjectured by H. Voss : and there ought, I 
think, to be a caesura after ifiais. 

■* S6^ai, T avlpoov, 'seemings' or 'conceits,' appearances or reputa- 
tions. 



THE EUMENIDES '17 

before the onset of our sable raiment and the malignant 
dancing of our feet.i 

For with vigorous leap high from aloft down I alight with 
nimble foot, ah, heavy the fall ! with legs that, though the 
runner be swift, trip him to his dire confusion. 

And while he falleth, yet doth a man know it not,^ from 
the disease of folly ; so thick the gloom in which pollution 380 
hovers over him ; a cloud of darkness hanging as it were 
above his house becomes the theme of many a sighing 
tale. 

For it abideth.^ Able are we to contrive and to effect, 
and with long memories for evil. Awful Ones and inexorable 
to men, administering a chosen province though rejected 
with dishonour* by the Gods Above and separated from 

^ opxviy f^o7s t' iiTKpdouois TTO^os : the following passage is in the 
measure of the Cretic hyporcheme and was danced to it : cf. Athenaeus 
631 C ^ 5' vTTopxVI^'^'^'^K'f} icrriv iv 77 &do}v 6 x^P^^ opx^^Tai, Soph. 
Aj. 700 Kj/cotTi' opx^iJ-ara, and Hesychius Kvuaia km A a: to. opx'i]iJiaTiKa 
(so read for 6pixr}TiKa). 

^ In the blindness caused by ''Attj : Soph. An^. 583. 
^ /ieVet MS. I consider Dobree's /xeAet yap very probable, — 'we 
see to it,' make it our care, our business: fxeX^ij/, ^ueAeo-^a*, ^ueAeVwp 
were almost technical terms in this connection. 
^ z.. 388 : 

drifx aTi€Tai ^i6[J.ivai 
Kaxv 6eu>u Sixo(TTaTOvi/T' 
avr]Xi(i}i xd^irai. 
There is apparently an iambus or a trochee more than there should be. 
I am inclined to eject Xaxv '• '•h^^ (with Weil's reading in 388) we get : 
6,Tijj.a riofiiv arieTai 
deQu dixoa-TarovvT avqXiu) Xdira, 
xd^iirai was corrected by Wieseler to AciTra on account of metre, 
Xdjiirr} and Aa^Tra-STjs were the forms in later use, but \dxr} {pittiita) is 
preserved in nine places by the MSS. of Hippocrates and by the MSS. 
of Athenaeus 132 E in a line of Diphilus : 

Trai/res y3Atx<'""^S6JS etVi /cat \jLii(no\ AaTTTjs. 
I cannot tell why editors should have been so chary of accepting the 

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l8 THE EUMENIDES 

them by the sunless mould — a province of rough travelling 390 
for the seeing and the dim of sight alike. 

Where then is the mortal that boweth not in awe and 
terror of these things, when he heareth from my lips that 
Ordinance that was conferred upon me by the Gods beneath 
the seal of Fate with fullest powers? I have a grant of 
antique privilege, nor do I meet with any lack of honour, 
though my place appointed is below the earth and in the 
sun-forsaken gloom. 

{Enter Athena.) 

Ath. Far off I heard the cry of an appeal to me, the 400 
distance of Scamander, w^hile making occupation of the 
land which, be it known, the chiefs and captains of the 
Achaeans, being a great portion of the captured spoil, 
assigned unto me entire in perpetuity, as a chosen gift unto 
the sons of Theseus. Thence came I speeding with un- 
wearied foot,i without wings, only with my bosoming Aegis 
whirring in the air — this was the car my strong young steeds 
were yoked to.^ ^ 

Beholding here a strange new company of visitants — I 
feel not any fear at all, but wonder is before mine eyes, — 410 
what can ye be ? I speak to all in common — both to this 

correction here, or why Mr Sidgwick should call the word a very late 
one, and ' the strain of meaning very harsh, and the word in the last 
degree unlikely.' It meant a viscid, mucous slime, such as gathers on 
the top of stagnant or fermented liquids, like the * mother ' {-ypavs, 
iir'nrayos) on boiled milk or vinegar, or the scum on Shakespeare's 
' filthy-mantled pool ' : and in descriptions of Hell, or places that 
resembled Hell, this was a characteristic detail ; e.£: Hom. /i. Dem. 
432 virh (6(pev evpcoevTi, Verg. Aen. vi. 462 /oca senta situ. 

^ &TpvTov Tr6Sa is an allusion to her title 'ArpyTwyT]. She was called 
&TpvTos iv /J-dx]! in a fragment quoted by Hesychius. 

^ Tr<t)\ois aKfialois t6u5' iiriC(:^^a<T' oxou, 'No other car, no other 
steeds have I' (Drake). The 'deictic' tSpSc is equivalent to a 
* limiting' epithet. 



THE EUMENIDES 19 

person seated at my image, and of you, that are like to no 
begotten seed,^ that are not beheld by Gods among the 
Goddesses, nor yet resemble any shapes of human kind : — 
but to speak ill of one's neighbour when with no ground 
of complaint 2 transgresses equity, and Justice holds aloof 
from it. 

Fur. Thou shalt hear all in brief, Daughter of Zeus : — 
we are the drear children of dark Night, and in our homes 
below the earth our name is Curses?' 420 

Ath. I am informed of your generation and the titles ye 
are called by. 

Fur. Yes, and thou shalt presently hear my rights and 
honours ! 

Ath. I shall know them, if plainly informed. 

Fur. We drive out homicides ^ from their homes. 

Ath. And where does the slayer find his flying end ? 

Fur. Where joy and gladness are quite out of vogue. 

^ V. 413 (TirapTcav, cf. Soph. O.C. 1534; here it includes both the 
classes specified by ot/re— oyre: had it meant some different kind it 
would have been followed by ovSe. 

'" V. ^16 a/xofjL(pou ovTa^ohort. auop^oi' ovra of the MS. with rbi/ TreAas 
(Auratus) would of course be applicable, but the error /xopcp- for pi6^(b- 
is very common, and here fiop(pu)iJiacnv has just preceded. Perhaps 
anofKpov was the text before the scholiast, and his note should run : 
afjLOfKpos ov(Ta, ov Swrjar} fjn i(p^ oTs elirou avrirpe^ai, ' Being unre- 
proached, you will not be able to fling back reproach at me for what 
I have said.' 

^ 'Apat, Harms invoked by imprecation. 

* V. 424 fipoTOKTovovvras : a stricter definition of their office would 
be avroKTouovvras, and Davies thought that this is what Aeschylus 
wrote, and that ^poroKTovovvras was substituted by a scribe who did 
not understand it. avTOKTOv^lv, however, was in use by scholiasts 
themselves, as Siipp. 271, Theb. 679 (where read ct'y rb ahroKrov^tv). 
In V. 210 their definition is roi/s /xtjt paXoias e/c SSuwv e\avvojx€u, and 
fipoKTovovvras might be mistaken for PporoKTOvovvras, but I do not 
feel that it was necessary to be so specific. 



20 THE EUMENIDES 

Ath. Is that the sort of flight that you are noising ^ upon 
this man ? 

Fur. Yes, for he thought fit to be his mother's murderer. 

Ath. Was there no other force whose wrath he stood in 
fear of? 

Fur. Why where could there be such incentive ^ as to 430 
matricide ? 

Ath. There are two parties here, and half the argument. 

Fur. But wager of oath he will neither take nor tender ! 

Ath. You care more for the name of 'just' than for 
the act. 

Fur. How so ? instruct me, for thou art not poor in 
subtilty. 

Ath, I say you must not win by oaths an unjust cause.^ 

Fur. Well try then and examine, and judge righteous 
judgment. 

Ath. Will ye indeed commit the settlement of the cause 
to 7iie'> 

Fur. Most surely, with respect for thee as worthy and of 
worthy parentage.** 

Ath. Sir, what answer would you return to this ? First 
tell your country and your birth and your misfortunes, and 440 
then repel this charge — if it be with confidence in justice 
that you sit here keeping your station at this image by my 
hearth, a sacred suppliant after the manner of Ixion : — give 
me a clear reply to all these questions. 

^ i-mppoiC^Tv is a hunting term, used of hallooing hounds on, like 
iiridoouaaeiv, iTTKri^iiv. 

^ K^vrpou, ' goad ' ; see v. 469. 

^ ^. 435 Ta fji-T) SiKaia is the object, not the subject, of viKav : Eur. 
&ao; 1034: ^ ^ 

(piv 0ei) T^ viKciv ravSiX' ^s KaXhi' yepas 
ra /XT} SiKaia 5' uis airavTaxov kukSv. 
^ Reading ircos S' ov ; a^fiovaai 7' a^lav kott' a^luv, though other 
readings would give sense enough. 



THE EUMENIDES 21 

Orestes. Queen Athena, I will begin with thy last words 
and relieve thee of a great anxiety. I am not in need of 
purification, nor had I pollution on my hand when I took 
session at thine image. And I will show thee a strong 450 
testimony : — it is the law that the guilty suppliant should 
keep silence until at purifying hands he hath been blooded 
by the slaughter of a sucking swine. Long since have we 
performed this absolution upon other houses and on other 
ways by land and water. ^ 

So much for that scruple, which I thus remove. And 
for my birth, the case with that thou shalt hear forthwith. 
I am an Argive, and of my father it is well that thou 
enquirest — Agamemnon, marshaller of men in ships, with 
whom in concert thou didst make the city of Ilium to be no 460 
more a city.^ This man perished in a way that was not 
well, on his returning home, for he was slain by my black- 
hearted mother, who enveloped him in cunning trammels, 
which bare witness to his murder in the bath. 

And I, returning, — having been before that time in exile, 
— slew my mother, I will not deny it, in blood-requital for 
my dearest father. And for this work Apollo Loxias is 
jointly answerable, who, to goad my heart, forewarned me 
of dire pains, if I refused to act thus on the guilty. Now 470 
determine thou by judgment, whether I did righteously or 

^ z'. 454 : 

TraAat Trpos ^X\oi% tout' d^tepw^e^a 

oiKOKri KoX ^arrottn koX pvroTs -rropois. 
^aro'iai is Weil's emendation for ^QTotcn. This is what Orestes said 
before in v. 238 : 

oAA' a/j.$\vs ^Sjj Trpocmrpiiiifxeuos T6 irphs 

aWoKTiv o'lKOis Kal irop^vjuacny fiporcov, 

o/xoia x^Pf^ov Kal OaKaffcrav eKirepuv. 
^ V. 460 crvv |> (TV Tpoiav 6.itoKi.v 'l\iov ttoAiv edf]Kas. The sentence 
would run much better without Tpoiav, which is not only superfluous 
but awkward in its place. Tpdwv or Tpwaiv would be easier. Meineke 
conjectured irpt^av or irpcfriv, ' lately.' 



22 THE EUMENIDES 

no ; for before thee, whatever may be my fate, 1 will 
accept it. 

Ath. The matter is too grave, if any mortal man presume 
to judge it ; nor is it lawful for me either to decide a case 
of murder done in keen resentment : ^ especially since thou^ 
in spite of all, art come here as a suppliant subdued and 
humble,^ purified and harmless to my house, and I have 
respect to thee as being, after all, offenceless towards my 
City ; 2 whereas the character that belongs to these is far 
from gentle,"* and if they fail to win their case successfully, 480 
the land is threatened with poison from their fierce stomachs, 
which falling on the ground will be a fearful devastating blight. 

So then the matter stands, — in either case — their abiding 
or their dismissal, — a source of grievous and perplexing 
hurt to me. However, since the matter hath alighted in 
this quarter,^ I will appoint judges of homicide, reverencing ^ 

1 V. 475. Reading d^vfirtvlTov. 

^ V. 476 KaTTjpTVKcos (which the editors do not appear to have 
understood) is a synonym of (reaw^povTjKdos (of. v. 44). 

' At your age 
The hey-day in the blood is tame, it's humble, 
And waits upon the judgment.' 

2 V. 478 alSov/xai (Hermann for alpovfiai) was the proper term for 
respecting the petition of a supphant. 

* V. 479 avrai 8' exovffi fio'ipav ovk ivire/inreXov : from ire/jLiTeiv in 
484 and Aga/fl. I189 kco/xos, Svair^jxirTos e^co. (t vyy 61/ 00 j/ 'Epivvuv it 
would seem that the adjective had been applied to the Erinyes before 
Aeschylus, and that he was inclined to connect it with ird/jL-miv. But 
the uses of the adjective Tre/w-TreAos, and the proper name Ile/AireAos, 
forbid. It was formed, as I have pointed out, from the root TreV-, 
and is a synonym of TreVwv, — ri/>e, mellow, mild, soft, flaccid, over-ripe : 
these cover all the senses of the adjective. 

^ V. 485 eVei 5e Trpay/j.a Sevp' eVeV/cTji/'ej/ roSe : or ' come to this 
point,' as S^vpo 5' i^oK^KK^Tai in Supp, 447. 

^ V. 486 aldovfxdvovs Prien for alpov/xevovs. With this alteration 
the MS gives : 



THE EUMENIDES 23 

the of oaths, to be a Court, which I will estabUsh 

for all time. You must call witnesses and evidence, the 
sworn supports of Justice ; and when I have chosen the 490 
best out of my citizens, I will return, to judge this matter 
well and truly. ^ \Exit Athena. 

Fur. Now will there be subversion of old ordinances, if 
the cause and injury of this matricide is to prevail ! All 
men now will be reconciled by this action to unscrupulous- 
ness, and many another suffering of their very child's inflict- 500 
ing is in store for parents in the course of time to come.^ 

For from us mortal-watching Maenads^ wrath for men's 

(povuiv SLKacrTcis, opKiwu alSov/x€i/ovs 
6e(r/j.6u, rhv els airavT^ iyo} Orjira} xP^^'^^y 
which, as it stands, appears incredibly elliptic. It seems likely that 
something has dropped out either before or after decr/j-Sy. 

^ This must be the last line of the speech. The line which follows it 
in Cod. M was probably a fragmentary illustration of v. 486. 
2 V. 499 : 

TToAAa 5' irvfioiraiSdrpcoTa 
TraOea irpocrfjiei/ei TOK^vaiv /xeTavdis iv xpovto. 
iTvjxoiraiSSTpwTa is my emendation. In the MS. the novel compound 
word is broken up, as unfamiliar compounds usually were, into 
separate pieces, eri^/zo irajSt^Tpcora. There is no sense here in erv/xa : 
it could only mean 'real, genuine sufferings,' as when Oppian Hal. 
V. 305 says, TOT6 5->7 ^x-iv iT-firvfj-os Sfpaev oKedpos Xoiadios. But eriz/xos, 
iT-ftTv/xos, ireos were commonly applied to child7-en in the sense trice- 
born, e.g. 'Ereo^ovTadat (as 'EreoftrpTjTes), Ep. Kaibel 852 Bouradewv 
irvfioov, Philostr. Apoll. vi. 40 e-n-t t$ eTv/xa /cat ^vyyevrj riKTeiv, Dio 
Chrys. II. 408 Heracles 6 tov Aihs eVeos vlos, Soph. Track. 1064 : 
w Tra?, yevov /xoi TraTs iTr)Tv/j.os yeyd!>s, 
Kal fjiij TO firjTphs affxa Trpeafievarjs rrxiov. 
^ V. 506 : 

TrevcreTat 5 aWos aWoQev, irpocpuivciv 
TO, ruv iriXas KUKoi, 
Arj^iv virSSoaiv re fi6xG(>}u' 
a/cea t' ov ^efiaia rXdpLuv 
fiarav irapriyopeT, 
AtjIjv is from the vocabulary of medicine, which spoke of Krj^nrvpiTos : 



24 THE EUMENIDES 

misdoings shall no more proceed ; I will give free scope to 
deeds of death : and one man from another, warning of his 
neighbour's evil case, shall seek to learn cessation or abate- 
ment of the trouble ; and uncertain remedies, poor man, he 
recommends in vain. 510 

No man hereafter, when smitten by calamity, need appeal 
in wailing phrase, ' O avenging Justice^ O ye thrones of the 
Erinyes 1 ' Therefore a father^ it may be, or mother newly- 
stricken may make piteous complaint,^ because the House 
of Justice is now falling. 

There are times w^hen Fear is well, and it should re- 520 
main still seated as a warder of the mind ; it is a good 
thing to preserve wise-mindedness ^ beneath constraint : 
and who that fostereth in his heart no sense of awe ^ — 

Maximus Trepl KUTapx^^f 254 /^noT^pou reAecreie tt6vov Kri^iv r oSvudcov. 
Hesychius Xwcprja-ecuv : Xrj^euv, avairavaeaiv. Liban. Epist. I434 B 
vvv ixev ovu ivrevdev irpocrKvi'U rhv 'ATr6Wwvos vl6v' tov (pOivoTrocpov 
5e, et 5t5oi?7, T7]J' re Kri^iv ahrov (on the spot) koI avrhv 6yi/6ueda, 
KO/jii^oVTiS dffiJLa fxiKphv virep juL^ydhoDU. 

^vfKpopq, TeTv/JLfieyos 
' lo) AIku, Iw Qpopoi t' ^'Epivvuv ' — 
Tavrd Tis ra;^' hv iraTrjp 
^ T€K0V(ra u€0Tra9T]s 
oIktov olKTitraiT — eVetS^ 
nlrvei 56fji.os At/cas. 
It is tempting to make eVeiS^ depend directly on /xTjSe tis KiKhrjcrKiTO) 
and take raGra — olKTia-air' as a parenthesis, ' — in such terms as these 
a parent might make piteous complaint — ,' but though rdSe is used so 
in ^^. 456, 1334, C/io. 313, we must surely have had T(fj/5e if oJktov 
is sound. 

^ (ra}<ppove7y is synonymous with yuwvai ffeavrSu, to know your place 
in relation to the Gods and to your fellow-men. 
2 V. 525 : 

TIS Se jUTjSej/ Iv (pdei 
Kapdiav avarpe(pct}v. 
The true reading is uncertain, but the sense is clear ; 702 ris yap 
S^SoiKus /xrjSev evSiKos fiporwy ; and Soph. Aj. 1073-6, 1084. 



THE EUMENIDES 25 

whether man or city equally — would still keep reverence for 
Justice ? 

Neither an ungoverned hfe approve thou, nor a despot- 530 
ridden; God hath everywhere assigned superiority to the 
Mean, though the ways of his administration vary. 

And I speak a word proportionate : the child of Irre- 
ligiousness is Pride, in very truth ; but from Healthiness of 
mind there cometh that good Weal that all men love and 540 
pray for. 

And in general I say, Revere the Altar of Righteousness, 
and beware lest at the sight of gain thou spurn and trample 
it with godless foot ; for punishment shall surely follow ; 
the appointed end abides in store. Therefore let each man 
be one that duly holdeth his parents in high worship 
and hath reverence for that freedom of his house ^ by which 550 
he doeth honour to the stranger. 

The man that of his own free will is righteous, and 
without compulsion, shall not be unblest ; and utterly 
destroyed can never be : but the bold reckless man that in 
defiance carrieth aboard much freight in a great mass 
confused without regard to Right perforce in time I tell you 
shall haul down his sail,- when trouble comes upon it and his 
yard is shattering. 560 

1 V. 550. This is the meaning of Su/xdruy eTria-Tpocpds, ' the run of 
the house ' ; Tked. 635, Agam. 963. 

" Thv avTiToXixov 5e (pajxi irap^adau 

TO TToAA.' ayovTa TravTocpvpT avev diKas 

fiiaiws ^vu XP^^V KaOrjanu. 
dyovra was supplied by Pauw, but has been strangely misinterpreted 
by many critics — 'acting in most instances,' 'wresting most things 
away from justice,' ' bringing,' ' dragging.' It means (in the metaphor) 
* with a cargo of possessions in which all distinctions of right and wrong 
are confounded.' ^laiws would go as well with this clause as with the 
other ; cf. Hesiod Op. 220, Pindar yro^. 169 in Plat. Gorg. 484 b. to 
TToAAa is idiomatic in this sense, e.g. Callim. //. Apoll, 108 : 



26 THE EUMENIDES 

Behold, in the midst of the wild waters that he cannot 
stem he calls upon the name of them that will not hear : 
his Fortune-Spirit laughs at the hot-headed man, to see 
the fool, that boasted he should never come to this, brought 
low with his distresses and not weathering the point: dashing 
his one-time wealth upon the shoal of Justice, he is lost 
eternally, unwept, unseen. 

The Areopagus. 

Athena. Herald, perform thine office and control the people, 
and let the piercing Tyrrhene^ trumpet, filled' with human 570 
breath, declare his intense utterance to the throng : for while 
this council-chamber is filling, it is expedient to keep silence 

'A(T(rvpiov TTOTafj.o7o fxeyas p6os, aWa to, iroAAa 
Avfiara 77)5 Kal iroWhu i(p^ vdaTi crvpcpeThu eA/cet, 
Fers. 272. 

^ This line is mutilated in the MS. : 

cjt' oZi/ Sidropos TvpffriviK^ 

(TaKTriy^. 
^poTeiov TTvevfiaTos which follows seems to require something heavenly 
or divme as an antithesis ; and the general view is plausible, that ovv 
is a corruption of ovpauos {ovvos) ', but it is not likely that didropos 
should govern a genitive ovpavov, and an objection to ets ovpavhy 5e is 
that we miss then the article rj, which in this place sounds so good at 
the beginning of the line. ^ t' ovpayela is not inconceivable, or some 
compound adjective. — Dr Verrall has conjectured 'Epiovviov 5e, 'the 
Tyrrhene trump of Hernies,' but this, I fear, would be attributing to 
Hermes a new theft. To Hermes were ascribed the invention of the 
single reed-pipe and (by some) of the lyre ; but with the trumpet, even 
of the six kinds known to the grammarians, I cannot find that he had 
anything to do. The brazen trumpet, which was among the products 
of Tyrrhenian and Argive bronze-work, was Athena's own. At Argos 
she was worshipped as 'Adiqva 'ZdAwiy^, and when trumpeters make a 
dedication of the instrument, it is to her: Anth. Pal. vi. 151, 159, 194, 
195. She might therefore have said koX rovfjihu eiiprjfji', t] rophs TvpcrriutK^ 
(rdXTTiy^. 



THE EUMENIDES 2/ 

and that my ordinances should be learnt by all the city for 
time everlasting and by these parties,^ to the end that justice 
may be well determined. 

{E?iter Apollo.) 

Fur. Lord Apollo, keep to thine own province ! what 
business hast thou in this matter, tell us ? 

Ap. I come both to give testimony — for the accused 
here is a suppliant at my house and at my sanctuary, and 580 
I am the purifier of this bloodshed — and myself to share 
the trial; I am answerable for his mother's killing. {To 
Athena.) Open thou the case. 

Ath. {to the Furies). The word is with you — I am 
opening the case ; for the pursuer to begin by speaking first 
will be the right way to inform us of the matter. 

Fur. We are many, but we will speak concisely. {To 
Orestes.) Reply, sentence by sentence, to our questions. 
First tell us, didst thou slay thy mother ? 590 

Or. I did so ; of that ^ there is no denial. 

Fur. Here is one of the three bouts already ! 

Or. I am not down yet ; you boast too soon. 

Fur. Well, but you must tell us how it was you slew her. 

Or. I tell you, — with a drawn sword stabbing her in the 
throat. 

Fur. But under what influence and by whose advice ? 

Or. By this God's oracles ; he bears me witness. 

Fur. The Prophet gave th^e instruction to do inatricide I 

Or. Ay, and to this hour I am not sorry for it. 

Fur. Ah but if the verdict grips thee thou wilt tell 600 
another tale ! 

Or. I have trust ; my father will send succour from the 
grave. 

^ Reading koX tovctS'. 

'^ TovSe 7' ovTis &pi>r}(Tis TreAei Nauck. 



28 THE EUMENIDES 

Fur. Put trust now in the dead, after murdering thy 
mother ! 

Or. Because she lay under the attaint of two pollutions. 

Fur. How so ? Instruct the court. 

Or. She was her husband's murderess, and killed my 
father. 

Fur. Very well, — she is quit by suffering death, while jf<?« 
are living. 

Or. And why did you not drive her in chase when living? 

Fur. She was not blood-relation of the man she killed. 

Or. And am /in blood relation to my mother? 

Fur. Why how else bred she thee, thou bloody man, 
within her girdle? Dost thou disown the nearest tie of 
mother's blood? 610 

Or. Now for thy witness, O Apollo ! Give thy pronounce- 
ment, whether I was justified in killing her — for that I did 
it, as I said before, ^ I do not deny, — but whether it was 
justly done or not, this act of blood, in thy opinion, give 
thy judgment, that I may inform the court. 

Ap. I will declare it before you, this great tribunal of 
h\^Qn2,— justly : and I am a prophet and my words are 
truth. Never upon my seat of oracle did I yet speak aught, 
whether it were concerning man or woman or people, that 620 
had not been commanded me by Zeus the Father of the 
Heavenly Gods. How weighty is the force that this plea 
carries I would have you understand, and charge you be 
obedient to my Father's will ; for Oath has not more 
potency than Zeus ! 

Fur. Zeus, sayest thou, delivered thee this oracle for thee 

^ V. 614 SpSfTat 7ap, cixTTT^p elirov, ovk apuovfxeda' He had said this 
twice already, vv. 466-471, 591. The MS. gives uxrirep ecriv, which 
means nothing. It was Greek to say dpacrai yap, (iKmep eSpaaa, or 
elvai ydp, uicrirep eariv, but not ^pacrai yap, UKTirep iariv. Davies 
restored iiirov, but the editors have disregarded it. 



THE EUMENIDES 29 

to tell Orestes here, that he should revenge his father's 
death regardless wholly of his duty to his mother ? 

Ap. Ay ! for it is a very different thing, the killing of a 
noble man, exalted with the sceptre of God-given royalty, — 
and that too by a woman's hand— not with the gallant far- 630 
shot arrow like an Amazon's, but in the manner ye shall 
hear, thou, Pallas, and ye judges here in session to decide 
about this matter with your vote. 

On his returning from the field, with the balance of 
advantage for the most part to the good, she gave him 
welcome first with words of kindness ; and then, as he was 
performing his ablutions in the bath, and at the end of 
them, she cloaked a garment like a tent about his head,^ 
entangled him in the cunning endless robe, and hewed him 
down. 

That is the story of the Man's destruction, that all- 640 
venerated ruler, that great admiral ; and the woman I have 
described in such a character ^ that the people may be stirred 
to indignation that have been appointed to decide this trial. 

^ V. 634 : 

arth (TTpanias ydp viv, Tj/xTroXriKSTa 
TO. TrAeTTT' ajXiivov, (vcppoariu SeSey.uej/rj 



SpoiTT) ir€pu)i^Ti XovTpa Kairl T^p/xaTi 

(papos Trepeff'KTjj'axre. 
There is certainly a lacuna here of one line, if ijot more. The missing 
passage must have contained /xvOois or \6yois to agree with ^vcppoa-iv, 
and eV to govern Spolrr) : it may have contained a description of 
Clytemnestra and another finite verb : see C/ass. Rev. 1903, p. 290. 

KarecTKrivooffe is possible. 

2 ravT-qv roiavTiiv elnov MS. Se is necessary, but as Clytemnestra is 
not present, we cannot merely read tovttjv ToiavTrjv 5' : either we must 
have T^i/ 8' a5 roiavrriv dirov (Weil), or, more probably, a line has 
fallen out, e._§: : 

Tr]v S av yuvaiKa ttjj/ KaTairTvcTTov Qiols 

TavTTjy Toiavrr]v tJirov, 



30 THE EUMENIDES 

'/ Fur. Zeus, as you argue, holds a father's kiUing of the 
more account ; yet he himself cast his old father Cronos 
into prison : is there not a contradiction there ? — I call 
upon you judges to take note. 

Ap. O ye most loathsome monsters, Heaven's abhorrence! 
fetters he might undo, there is a remedy for that, and many 
a means of deliverance again ; but when a man is once dead 650 
and the dust hath swallowed up his blood, there is no more 
rising again then : for that my Father Zeus hath made no 
healing charm, though all things else he re-disposes and 
turns upside down without his labour costing him a 
breath. 

Fur. See now what thy plea for his acquittal means^: — 
shall he spill upon the ground his mother's blood and then 
inhabit his father's house in Argos? What altars of the 
public shall he use? What holy water of religious Brethren 
shall admit him ? 

Ap. That too I will declare, and mark how rightly. The 660 
mother is not the engenderer of her so-called 'generation' 
(child), but the nurse only of the sown conception.^ It is 
the male engenders ; she doth but receive, as from a 
stranger, harbouring as a host, and keeps the young plant 



^ V. 66i : 

ovK iari fiTfTrjp t] Ki:KXrijx4vov t4kvov 
TOKivs, rpofphs 5e KV/xaros veoarir6pov. 
riKTii S' 6 OpCjjaKOOf. 
Tov K^KX-qjxivov t4kvov would be intelligible, and may be the true 
reading. 

The doctrine was Egyptian, according to Diodorus i, 8o : vodov S' 
ovbeya ru'v yeuvrjOevTwv vo/xiCovcriv, owS' hv e| apyvpwvrjTov firirphs 
yevv7]9p' Ka66\ov yap vTrei\T]<pacn rhv iraripa fxovov aiTiov ^Ivai TTjy 
y^ve(X(:Oos, rrju 5e fxrjTcpa Tpo4>)]V kou x^P°-v fJi6vov irapex^o^Oai t<j5 fip^cpei' 
Kal Twv 8evSpwv app^va fxey KaAovai to. KapTro<popa, driAea Se ra, /xi] 
(fjepoyra tovs Kap-jrovs, ipavritas rols "EAAricri. It was also Pythagorean, 
Stob. F/or, i, 64, 



THE EUMENIDES 3I 

safe, unless God blight it.^ And I will show thee a great 
proof of this : there may be a father without aid of mother, 
— here at hand is a witness, in a Child of Zeus, < neither 
begotten in wedlock > ^ nor yet nurtured in the darkness 
of the womb, but such a plant as no goddess could give 
birth to. 3 

Pallas, as always it shall be my aim to make thy city and 670 
thy people great, so wdth this man, it was to that end that I 
sent him to seek sanctuary in thy house, that he might be a 
faithful friend eternally, and that thou. Goddess, mightest 
gain thee an ally in him and his successors, and that it 
should be established everlastingly, the posterity of this 
people to uphold their covenant. 

Ath. Has enough now been said, and may I now 
command these judges to give an honest vote, of their true 
conscience ? * 

Fur. For our part, our every bolt is shot ; I only wait to 680 
hear how the trial is to be decided. 

Ath. {to Apollo a?id Orestes). And you ? how shall I 
dispose so as to have no complaint from you ? 

^ oiai jxT] fi\d\pT} Oeos, keeps it safe Jbr those in zvhose case God 
prevents not. 

^ A line beginning with oh has fallen out : 

TreAas 
fxaprvs irdpecTTi Trots 'OKvfMTriov Al6s, 
<ov . . . . . > 

ov5' iv (TKiTOKTi vrjdvos Tidpafi/JLepri, 
as Coluthus 180, of Athena, V yd/xos ovk ea-mipe koI ov /jLaiaxraTo 
/x7)T77p. Without it, ovSe could only mean ' not even.' 
^ Athena was born out of the head of Zeus. 

•* As the passage stands, it seems that this speech of Athena's must be 
taken as a question ; but in the Greek it reads more like a declaration : 
' Enough has now been said ; I now command these judges to give an 
honest vote, of their true conscience.' One may suspect that this was 
the original form, and that the passage has been subjected to some re- 
fashioning. See Wecklein's note in his text, p. 449. 



32 THE EUMENIDES 

Ap. Sirs, ye have heard what ye have heard, and in giving 
your vote let there be reverence in your conscience for 
your oath. 

Hear now my Ordinance, ye people of Athens, judging 
here the first trial for shed blood : and for the future too 
it shall remain unto the people of Aegeus as a Judges' 
Court for ever. And this Hill of Ares,^ — once the camping- 
ground of the Amazons, when they came, out of jealousy 
towards Theseus, with an army, and they built here then a 
new walled city as a counterwork to his, and sacrificed to 690 
Ares — from which cause the rock and hill of Ares take 
their name of Ares' HillP' And upon it Reverence in my 
Burghers, and its kinsman Fear, shall restrain from wrong- 
doing both by day and night alike : — so long as my citizens 
themselves shall make no innovation in the laws ; with foul 
adulterate streams and muddy clay polluting fair bright 
water thou wilt never find it drinkable. 

The mean between the ungoverned and the despot-ridden 
is what I counsel my citizens to preserve and venerate, and 700 
not to banish from the city all restraint of fear, — for what 
man that hath no fear of aught is righteous? With such a 
venerated object of your righteous dread, ye will possess 
J a bulwark of preservation for your land and polity such 
as none hath elsewhere in the world, either among the 
Scythians or in the region of Pelops.^ Herewith do I 
establish a Tribunal free from touch of lucre, reverend, quick 
to anger, a protection still awake and vigilant on behalf of 
them that sleep. 

This at such length I have spoken as an exhortation to 710 

^ Prof. Ridge way would translate ^ yon Hill of Ares,' holding that the 
scene of the trial is not the Areopagus : see note on v. 235. 

'^ The construction is never completed, but is allowed to lapse forgotten 
after parenthetic clauses introduced by relatives ; see note on v. 68. 

^ The rival Dorians ; cf. Soph. O. C. 695. 



THE EUMENIDES 33 

my citizens for time to come : — you must now rise, take 
each of you his ballot, and decide the cause with reverence 
for your oath. — My words are ended. 

Fur. Well, I advise you to remember how dangerous 
these visitants are, and by no means to slight them. 

Ap. And / charge you also — to remember the oracles — 
which are not from me only but from Zeus, to stand in awe 
of them, and not make them barren of effect. 

Fur. But thou art showing regard for blood-matters which 
are not thine office,^ and the shrines will be no longer pure 
where thou shalt give thine oracles.^ 

Ap. And are my Fathef^s counsels, then, mistaken in 720 
Ixion's case, the first suppliant appeal for homicide ? 

Fur. You talk : — but if I fail to win the cause, my 
visitation shall be grievous to this land thereafter. 

Ap. Nay, you are honourless among the younger and the 
older Gods alike, and I shall win. 

Fur. This is just the way you acted in the house of 
Pheres, — you induced the Fates to make mortal men 
immortal ! 

Ap. Well, is it not right at all times to befriend a 
worshipper, and the more especially in his time of need ? 

Fur. Thou, thou didst quite destroy the ancient Dispensa- 730 
tions 2 and beguile the antique Goddesses with wine. 

Ap. Thou, thou wilt presently fail to obtain the verdict, 
and then spit thy poison — which will do thy enemies no 
harm. 

Fur. Since thou, my junior, art trampling upon my 
antiquity, I wait to hear the verdict of this trial. 

Ath. It is now 7ny duty, to give judgment in conclusion ; 
and I shall add this ballot in favour of Orestes : for there is 

^ V. 718 oh \ax^v : Ar. Fhc^. 972, Plato Com. /ra§: 167 arap ov 
^ See z>. 173. 



34 THE EUMENIDES 

no mother that gave birth to me, and I am for the male in 740 
V everything — except for marrying — with all my heart, and am 
most thoroughly the father's child. Accordingly I shall not 
hold of more account the killing of a woman wed that slew 
her wedded man, the master of the house; Orestes is the 
winner of the cause, even though he be judged equal in the 
voting. 

Turn out the ballots from the urns, ye judges that have 
been assigned that office. 

Or. O bright God, Apollo, how will the trial be 
decided ? 

Fur. O Night, our Mother dark, dost thou behold ? 

Or. Now it will be for me the light of day still, or a 
halter. 

Fur. Ay, for us, using privileges still, or ruin. 750 

Ath. Sirs, count up well the cast-out ballots, observing 
honesty in the division of them. If judgment be absent, 
there is great harm done, and the cast of a single vote ere 
now hath lifted up a house. 

Ath. The accused man is acquitted on the charge of 
blood, for the number of the lots is equal. 

Or. O Pallas, O thou Saviour of my House ! I was 
bereft of fatherland, and thou hast given me a home : and 
now in Greece it shall be said, ' The man is again an 760 
Argive, with a habitation in his father's heritage, by the 
grace of Pallas and of Loxias and of Him who sealeth all 
things, the Preserver ' : — He hath had regard unto my 
father's killing, and preserveth me, beholding these my 
mother's advocates. 

To all this country now and to thy people I, for the 
utmost fulness of all time to come, before departing to my 
home, will pledge an oath : No captain of the Argive land 
shall ever bring the well-appointed army to invade her : for 
we ourselves, out of the grave where we shall then be lying 770 



THE EUMENIDES 35 

— we, for them that shall transgress these pledges of 
mine now, will so contrive with hopeless difficulties — by 
causing them disheartened journeys and cross-omened 
marches^ — that they shall repent their pains. But if all 
be kept, and they still honour this city of Pallas with 
their allied arms, we promise then to be benignant rather 
to them. 

And so farewell ; may thou and the people of thy city 
still maintain the wrestling-grip resistless by thine adver- 
saries, to ensure her safety and her victory in arms ! 780 

Fur. Oho, ye younger Gods, ye have ridden down the 
Ancient Laws and reft out of my grasp ^ .... And I, 
unhappy wretch, dishonoured, promise deadly wrath, upon 
this land ah ! venting from my bosom poison, poison in 
revenge that they shall rue, droppings of sterile power to 
the soil ! And from it shall come mildew, killing leaf and 
killing birth — O vengeance of Justice ! — that shall sweep 
over the land and cast upon the country foul infectious 790 
plagues of human death ! 

Bewail? How act? Be fearful to this people — O fie, 
Daughters of Night, in deep affliction, mourning for the loss 
of honour ! 

Ath. Let me persuade you not to take it so tragically. 
Ye are not defeated ; the trial resulted honestly in equal 
votes, to no dishonouring of thee ! No, it was from Zeus 800 
there came most signal testimony, and its deliverer himself 
bare witness, that Orestes if he did this should not suffer 
any harm. Ye, therefore, be not passionate, shoot no 
1 V. 773 : 

irapopvidas ivdpovs 

Find. Neni. ix. l8 alaiau ov kut' opvix(»v oSdu Kre. 

^ V. 782 KOLK x^P^v 6i'A6(r0e ^01^ : Abresch thought that there was a 
line missing here: cf. 150 seqq., 325, Homer I 344 vvv 5' eVel 4k 
Xfipuv yepas ^'iKero Kai pC airdrriaiv. 



36 THE EUMENIDES 

deadly wrath upon this land, nor cause her barrenness, by 
discharging droppings . . . .^ sharp cankers to destroy her 
cultivated seed. For I do promise you in all sincerity that 
ye shall have a place of cavern in the righteous land, where 
at your braziers ye shall sit on splendid thrones, worshipped 810 
with honour by my citizens. 

Fur. Oho, ye younger Gods, ye have ridden down the 
Ancient Laws and reft out of my grasp .... And I, 
unhappy wretch, dishonoured, promise deadly wrath, upon 
this land ah ! venting from my bosom poison, poison in 
revenge that they shall rue, droppings of sterile power to 
the soil ! And from it shall come mildew, killing leaf, and 
killing birth — O vengeance of Justice ! — that shall sweep 
over the land and cast upon the country foul infectious 820 
plagues of human death ! 

Bewail ? How act ? Be fearful to this people — O fie, 
Daughters of Night, in deep affliction, mourning for the 
loss of honour ! 

Athena. Ye are 7iot dishonoured ! and do not therefore in 
exceeding wrath, being divine powers, make a land of 
mortal men distempered.^ I too put my trust in Zeus — I 

^ Reading: 

y^e?s Se jWT/ Ov/xovaOc, firj ^apvv kotov 

ev rfjde yfj (TKTj'^rjTe, ^utjS' aKapiriay 

Tfv|7jT', a(pe7(Tai.[Saijj.6poi}v] aTaAdy/xaTa. 
2 V. 827 : 

jU.7]5' VTTipdv/xcos 6.yau 

Oeal ^pOTwv /crio'TjTe SixTKrjXov x^^^^- 
KTia-qTe: (Linwood's correction of o-TTjo-Tjre) is a synonym of 6rJT€ or 
iruiTia-rjTe, and a favourite use with Aeschylus. The precise sense that 
he attached to hvaK-qKov cannot be determined, but I feel sure the word 
is genuine, for this reason: — there were several Epic words in ktjA- 
whose meaning was a matter of debate, — ktjKov and ircpiKriXos, and 
aiKTjXia in 2 77 (though that, no doubt, was merely an Epic license 
for dei/ceAta, like airepilaia for aTreipecrm). Aeschylus therefore was 
at liberty to charge the word with various suggestions, including the 



THE EUMENIDES 37 

need not say it — and I alone among the Powers of Heaven 830 
know the keys of the store-chamber in which the Thunder- 
bolt is sealed up :— but there is no need of that ;i thou wilt" 
yield, I pray, to my persuasion, and not cast forth over the 
land from an unbridled tongue (the curse) that all things ' 
bearing fruit should fail toprosper.^ Calm the fierce bitter- 
ness of the dark swelling wave,^ as being held in honour 
and veneration, and partaker in abode with me. Enjoying for 
evermore the first-fruits of this broad domain, as offerings 
for the sake of children and the marriage-rite, you shall yet 
applaud my saying. 

Fur. Me to be treated thus ! me with the wisdom of 840 
antiquity ! and to have my habitation in the land, a dis- 
honoured thing, forsooth, and foul ! My spirit is full of 
fury and utter wrath. What pang is this that enters my 

Kq\75as of z>. 820, — stained, scorched, withered {avoi/d v. 334), plagued, 
enchanted. His admirer Ion (Nauck, Ti-ag. Frag. p. 571) used 
evK-qXos of a tree, as an equivalent of ^vK^aTos (which was interpreted 
easjy to dicrn, or easjy to split), and Hesychius records the use of Kri\6s 
in the sense of /ctjAcos. 

^ A delightful touch of humour, ' — but of course we shall not want 
that.' 

^ y\u>(ra"r]s fxaraias fXT] \fid\r]s iirl x^oi/a 
Kapirhv (pepovTa Travra (jlt) -rrpdcraeiv Ka\ws. 
KapTTou cannot belong, as many critics have constructed it, to yXwcrcrrjs, 
' the fruit of a rash tongue, bearing the fruit that everything should fail 
to prosper'; fruit does not bear, but is borne: ndevTa, 'causing,' 
would be Greek, but the participle would still be out of order at the 
beginning of the clause in the emphatic place. Kapirhv (p^povra Tvavra 
must mean iravTa to. KapTro<p6pa. : that is the way in which the curse of 
the Erinyes will take effect. 

But the sentence now seems too elliptic. Prof. Ellis has conjectured 
that eVi x^^"'* ^s a mistake for iiri(p9oua, ' malignant utterance ' (cf. 
^- 373)- I only hesitate to sudstitute this for iirl x^di^a because I think 
it not unlikely that a line has fallen out. 

^ ^'. 835 K€\aivov KVfxaros TTiKphy jxevos, i.e. kAvBooviov X'^^VS 
Cho. 182. 



38 THE EUMENIDES 

side ? Hear thou my passioning, O Mother Night ! I have 
been reft of my time-honoured privileges by the knavish 
tricks of Gods Above and swept contemptuously away ! 

Ath. I will indulge thy humours, because thou art my 850 
senior : — at the same time, though thy wisdom is, no doubt, 
far more than mine, still to me also Zeus hath granted no 
mean understanding.^ And I warn you, if you go to any 
foreign country, you will only fall in love with this; for time 
in his succeeding stream shall flow with larger honour for 
my citizens; and thou, with an honourable seat against the 
temple of Erechtheus, shalt receive from companies of men 
and women more than thou wouldst ever get from any 
others in the world. So do not, I pray you, cast upon my 860 
territories any blood-incentives, to hurt the stomachs of the 
young, maddening them with fury as with wine ; nor yet 
extract as it were the heart of fighting-cocks and plant in 
my citizens a spirit of war intestine and rash daring against 
one another. Let their warfare be abroad — it shall be 
found in plenty for the man in whose heart there shall be a 
strong desire for glory — but fight of the domestic fowl I 
will not have. 

This then is my offer at your choice — to do well, be well 
done by, honoured well, and have a share in this most God- 870 
beloved land. 

Fur. Me to be treated thus ! me with the wisdom of 
antiquity ! and to have my habitation under ground, a dis- 

1 V. 850: 

KaiTOl (TV fxiv TTOV KoipT' €UOV ffO(pOi}T€pa, 

(ppovuP 5e KOi/xol Zei/s eSw/cej/ ou kukws. 
I have corrected this in Class. Rev. 1902, p. 246 : the MS. Kairoi ^ilv 
av /capr' ifxov (To<pccT^pa is one among countless cases of /lev being 
shifted by a scribe to the beginning of a clause. The sentiment is that 
of Job xii. 2 : Al^o doubt hut ye are the people^ and ivisdofu shall die with 
you : but I have wisdom as zvell as yoti ; and of Haemon in Soph. 
Ant. 683-7. 



THE EU MEN IDES 39 

honoured thing, forsooth, and foul ! My spirit is full of 
fury and utter wrath. What pang is this that enters my 
side ? Hear thou my passioning, O Mother Night ! I have 880 
been reft of my time-honoured privileges by the knavish 
tricks of Gods Above and swept contemptuously away ! 

Ath. I will not be weary of speaking blessings on you, 
that you shall never say how you, an elder Goddess, were cast 
out from this land by me, thy junior, and my mortal citizens 
with inhospitable scorn. No, if Persuasion is a thing aught 
sacred in thine eyes — the soothing charm and magic in- 
fluence of my tongue ^ — why then, remain here ; but if you 
will not, then it would surely be unfair of you to launch 
upon this city any indignation or fierce anger or injury to 890 
her folk. For it is open to you to be a landholder in this 
country with fair treatment and full privileges absolutely. 

Fur. Queen Athena, what is the abode you promise ! 
me? 

Ath. One free from any touch of sorrow ; you were best 
accept it. 

Fur. Say that I accept : — what privilege is there designed 
for me ? 

Ath. That without thy ^ood will no house shall flourish. 

Fur. Wilt thou secure for me possession of such p^ower ? 

Ath. Yes, for I will prosper the fortunes of thy 
worshippers. 

Fur. And wilt thou pledge me a warrant for all time } 

Ath. I need not promise what I will not perform. 900 

Fur. I feel thy charm begin to work : — my wrath 
abates. 

Ath. Well then, abide here in the land and thou shalt win 
thee friends. 

^ V. 8S7 yXdoaa-ns e^rjs ixilXiyfia Kal deAKTrjpiov. deKKrijpiov is a sub- 
stantive, as in Nicand. Ther. 365, Tava-rrjpiov ib. 746, Kr]\r]T'f}piov 
Trachin. 575. Cf. Eur. I.T, 235 0ea (pi\ov irpoacpa'yfxa Kal Ovrripiov. 



40 THE EUMENIDES 

Fur. What strain then wouldst thou have me chant upon 
the land ? 

Ath. Terms that reflect on victory without a flaw ! Call 
blessings from the earth and from the ocean-dew, and 
from the heaven ; pray that the blowing winds may pass 
over the land with sunny breath,^ that increase of the earth 
and cattle may not faint with time but flow on ever for my 
citizens in streaming plenty, and that seed of human-kind 
may be preserved. 9^0 

But may your fruitfulness be rather shown in the 
righteous ; ^ for, like a shepherder of herbs, I love the 
unrepented sort of these just men here present.^ ^ 

These blessings are for thee to give, and in the glorious 
tournaments of war my heart shall never rest content but I 
will make this city famous in the world as a victorious 
town. 

Fur. I will accept the Union of home with Pallas, and 
will not reject a City which even Zeus Omnipotent and Ares 
hold as a strong fortress of the Gods, the precious jewel 920 
that protects the altars of Hellenic Deities. For her I make 
my prayer, with all benignant auspices, that life's enjoyments 

^ z/. 907 €vri\io}s: see note on v. 927. — The construction alternates 
between the accusative and the accusative with infinitive ; see my note 
on C/io. 277. 

^ V. gil Twv iva^fiovvTcav S' eKCpopwrepa ireXois' iK(pop(CT€pa is 
feracior, governing the genitive, 'more fertile in,' 'more productive 
of ; eKcpepeip KapirSv was the regular word for producing crops. This 
gives its proper sense to the comparative. 

The editors generally have retained Twy SvacrtfiovuTODv 5' of the MS. 
and sought (with Schuetz) to make it mean ' more ready to weed out 
{eKKaOaipeiv, a-KOKaOaipeii^), or cart away, the wicked,' like a gardener or 
a husbandman : but the comparative is inappropriate then ; and they 
have forgotten that the gardener is Athena ; the part of the Eumenides, 
as Earth-Powers, is to -^^xmiX. prodtice of all seed. 

■"' The Areopagites, representing the Athenians. airivd-nTov, the sort 
that brings no sorrow, causes no regret ; cf. 58. 



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THE EUMENIDES 4I 

may be made to teem forth for her from the Earth in 
bounteous plenty by the beaming radiance of the Sun.^ 

Ath. It is in kindness to my Citizens that I am acting 
thus, in planting here among them Spirits so powerful and 930 
so ill-appeased ; for to their lot hath fallen the disposal of 
all things touching Man; but he that meets with them in 
angry mood - knows not from what quarter come the blows 
that strike his life : it is the offences of his forefathers that 
arrest and hale him before these, and Destruction silently, 
for all his vaunt, with deadly anger crumbles him to dust. 

Fur. May breath of evil never blow to hurt her trees — 
'tis by my grace — and may the scorching heat that nips the 940 
budding eyes of plants refrain from trespassing beyond the 
boundaries of its region ; ^ may no drear disease of sterile 
blight proceed against her ; may Pan make her flocks to 
thrive at the appointed season ^ with twinned increase, and 
may there be rich offspring of the boon Earth's wealth to 
pay reward for Spirits' gift of Treasure-trove.^ 

Ath. O hear, ye Warders of my City, how great blessings 950 
she doth seal you surely — for the Queen Erinys hath great 
power both with the Immortals and with those of Earth 
below, and in the affairs of Man most manifestly their dispose 

^ The Sun conspiring with the Earth implies the reconciliation of the 
Furies with Apollo. 

- Reading 76 iiy]v Kvpaas ^ap^wv tovtwu. It is possible that some- 
thing has been lost, to the same effect as z>. 313. 
^ z'. 942 : or 'from trespassing upon this region.' 

■* XP^vw reTayfj-evcf}, without fail at the due season, and with no 
untimely birth ; Ovid Fas/z iv. 647 : 

ei pecus ante diem partus edebat acerbos, 
agnaqjie nascendo saepe necabat oiiefu. 
^ For the turn of the sentence compare Ovid Fasti iv. 931, where 
Robigo, Mildew, is addressed : 

at tic lie uiola Cererevi^ semperqiie colonus 
absenti possit soliiere twta tibi. 



42 THE EUMENTDES 

is absolute, to some affording songs of gladness, and to others 
life that is a blur of tears. 

Fur. To all untimely sudden deaths I cry Avaunt ! and 
may the lives of her young lovely maidens win a husband 960 
— grant that, Ye whose proper power it is,^ and Ye, O 
Heavenly Fates, our Sisters by one Mother,^ Spirits whose 
dispense is pure, participants in every home, at every season 
weighty with most righteous presence, everywhere most 
honoured among Gods of Heaven. 

Ath. My heart is glad to hear them seal these blessings on 970 
my land so zealously; and I am grateful to Persuasion's eyes for 
looking with their favourable guidance on my tongue when 
pleading with these Powers that were so wrathfully averted 
from me : nay, but Zeus of Eloquence prevailed, and our 
contention for the good is crowned with triumph absolutely. 

Fur. May Faction, that insatiable source of evil, never 
rage within this city ; never may the dust drink up the 980 
purple blood of citizens in anger ^ and for revenge seize 
greedily upon retaliating deaths of civic blood : may their 
exchanges rather be of joy for joy with sentiments of love 
in common, and dislike with one consent ; therein lies the 
cure for many human ills. 

Ath. O have they not the judgment to fmd out the path 
of speaking fair ? ^ From these Shapes of Terror I foresee 990 
great gain in store ^ for you, my Citizens : for if ye keep 

^ Zeus and Hera. 

'^ IxaTpoKaaiyurjTai. This and the reiterated deal, Q^wv marks the 
harmonised agreement between the Upper and the Nether Gods. 
^ 5t' opydv might go with either clause. 
^ V. 989 : 

dipa (ppofoviTi yK^ffCfqs ayaQris 

b^hv evpiaKeiv ; 
^ V. ggi : 

fK TU!U (pofiepCtiV TWVde TTpOaCpTTOV 

fifya K^pSos opSi TottrSe TroAirais' 
irpoarepirov is my reading for the MS. irpoadircou ; %^& Journal oj Hellenic 



THE EUMENIDES 43 

good feeling between them and you, and hold them 
m high honour, ye shall surely shine conspicuous in the 
world for guiding land and city in the path of upright 
justice. 

Fur. Joy I wish you, joy in due apportionment of wealth, 
joy, O ye people of the City, blest with friendship of the 
Virgin who is seated near to Zeus,^ learners of wise-minded- 1000 
ness in time \ and shelterers beneath the wings of Pallas, 
ye are viewed as sacred by the Father. 

Ath. Joy to you also ! But I must now go before you 
to point out your chambers by the sacred light of these your 
Escort : ^ come ye now, and with these solemn sacrifices 
being sped below the earth, what is harmful to the country 
keep down there suppressed,^ and what is profitable send 
aloft to make my city triumph ! — Lead on now, ye Sons of lOlO 
Cranaus that possess this City, lead these Denizens upon 

Studies, 1906, p. 276, note 1 1. epTreii/ is to be upon the road, and 
Trpoa^pireiv, icpepimu were used especially of time's oncoming, and what 
it promises or threatens in its course : F. V. 129, 288, Soph. AJ. 228, 
1255 KoX aol irpoffepTTOU tovt' iyoj rh (pdp/xaKOV opw, O.T. 540) Pind. 
Pyth. i. 57, Nem. iv. 44, vii. 68, 01. vi. ^T^frag. 131, Theocr. v. 83, 
xxii. 15, Y.WX. frag. 441. 

^ V. 998. Reading with Bothe : 

XKTap r]/x€i/as Aihs 
IlapOevov <pl\as (piXoi, 
For the reasons, see the note on my verse translation of this scene in 
A Book of Greek Verse, p. 286. 

• '^ V. 1006. This may be taken with the following line. 
3 V. 1008. Cf. Soph. 0. C. 92. The MS. gives : 

rh fxhv aT7ip[i]ov 

as though it meant ' the harmful part of the country ' : we may read 
(with Paley) to yitev aT-qphu x^P^i 'what is harmful to the country,' or 
with Linwood x^P^^ *^°'-'^^X^^^ (cf- Theocr. vii 12J to. fii] Ka\a v6(T(piv 
ipvKoi). KOTe'xetj' and the adjective koItoxos were technical in this con- 
nexion : Fcrsae 226, C.I. A, Boeckh I. pp. 486-7. 



44 THE EUMENIDES 

their way, and in the hearts of the Citizens may there be 
good will for good received. 

Fur. Joy to you, again I say it, joy, all ye dwellers in 
the City, mortal and immortal both. While ye possess the 
City of Pallas and keep my Denizenship sacred, your life's 1020 
fortunes shall give you nothing to complain of.^ 
, y Ath. I thank you for the terms of these your benedictions, 
and will now conduct you with the light of blazing torches 
to that nether subterranean House, with ministers that are 
the guards of mine own image ; and with right ; for it 
should be the eye of all the land of Theseus that shall 
arrive,^ a noble troop of maidens, wives, and aged dames. 

Deck them with scarlet over-cloaks of honour, and let 1030 
the blazing light move on ; that so the good will of these 
new dwellers in the land may be shown henceforth in 
blessings of fine Manhood.^ 

^ V. 1015. Punctuate : 

Xo-ip^Ti .... 

TraVT€S ot KaTCL tttoKiv 

Sai/Lioyes re /cot BpoToi ' 
HaWdSos TToKiv ue/xov- 

TiS, IXeTOlKLaU 5' i/.L7jV 

eS (Te^ovTes, ov ti /jLefxypeaOi (rv/j.(popas ^iov. 
Compare Szipp. 81 and Cho. 792 in my translation. The accepted 
punctuation at v^ixovrts is tautology, 

2 V. 1027 i^UoiT aw. for the optative, cf. Soph. 0,C. 647, 861, Eur. 
Or. 109, Plato Protag. 310 B. 

^ (poLviKofiaTTTOis ivdvTo7s e(TQi]fXa(TI. 

Ti/xare, Koi rh (pfyyos op/xaffOcv irvpos, 

OTTCcs au ev(ppo}V t^S' o/xiXla x^ovhs 

rh \oiirhy ivavSpoKTi a'vfx(popais Trpcirri. 
There are three allusions in this passage to the Panathenaic Festival : 
on that occasion the ^iroiKoi, Resident Aliens or Denizens, were per- 
mitted to take part in the procession as being of good will (Hesychius 
s.v. 'S,Ka<pT]<p6poi), and for special honour were arrayed in scarlet cloaks 
(Photius ^.z'. '2,Kd<pas). The Furies (now Eu^iej/iSes, Benign Ones) are 
to be treated as the ix4toikoi were at the Panathenaea, and the whole 



THE EUMENIDES 45 

Chorus of the Escort. 

Pass on your way, O ye mighty ones, jealous of honour,^ 
Children .... of Night, in glad-hearted procession 

Hush ye, good words, all ye people ! 

There in primeval mysterious caves of the Earth .... 
worship of honour and sacrifice 

Hush, all ye people, good words ! 1040 

Gracious and loyal-hearted to the land, come hither, O 
ye Worshipful, pleased with flame-devouring torch upon 
your way 

Cry aloud now with jubilee in chorus ! 

the citizens of Pallas : Zeus the all-seeing and Fate have 
conspired to this end. 

Cry aloud now with jubilee in chorus ! 

of this procession is designed as a reflection of the great procession at 
that feast. And ^i/avSpoiai is an allusion to the contest of cvavdpia on 
that occasion. See my paper on ' The Last Scene of the Eumenides ' 
in \hG. Journal of Hellenic Shidies, 1906, p. 268. 

It is still possible that, as Hermann thought, a passage may have 
fallen out before this. 

TTvpos should perhaps be irdpos. 

^ fiad' 656v, S) /M€yd\aL (pixSri/xoi is my emendation. Being written (as 
was often done) without elision, fiaTioSovo) was mistaken for jSar' iu 
h6ixa). Many have been content to read jSare So^o;, but the utmost that 
could mean is 'step upon the house.' The sentence seems to call for 5, 
and in starting the procession to Athena at the Xa\«e7a Sophocles/r«^. 
760 uses the phrase ^Sar' ets oZhv St], iras 6 x€ipa;>'o| Aews. 

This is a Paean of gladness, in dactylic metre, like those in Bergk 
Poetae Lyrici IH ^ p. 676 and in Eur. PhaetJwn 773. 66 seqq.^ and 
corresponds to that which was chanted at the Panathenaea : y. ^. 5. 
1906, p. 274. 

At the words oAoA.u|aT6 vvv iin /jLoKirats the Eumenides will join in 
the women's cry of Ololu ! The words themselves are probably uttered 
by a Herald (whose commands were usually in anapaestic verse) ; and 
if so, it is he who gives the warning evcpafielre. 



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