Thursday, October 20, 2016


"You must give back for her blood from the living man / red blood of your body to suck, and from your own / I could feed, with bitter-swallowed drench, / turn your strength limp while yet you live and drag you down..." 

 —spoken by the Chorus, lines 264-267, The Eumenides by Aeschylus, as translated by Richmond Lattimore


"I have been beaten and taught, I understand / the many rules of absolution, where it is right / to speak and where to be silent. In this action now / speech has been ordered by my teacher, who is wise. / The stain of blood dulls now and fades upon my hand. / My blot of matricide is being washed away."

 —spoken by Orestes in response, lines 2276-281, The Eumenides by Aeschylus, as translated by Richmond Lattimore

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