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The Suppliants

Aeschylus


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The Suppliants is a play by Aeschylus. It was probably first performed sometime after 470 BC as the first play in a tetralogy, sometimes referred to as the Danaid Tetralogy. The Danaids form the chorus and serve as the protagonists. They flee a forced marriage to their Egyptian cousins. When the Danaides reach Argos, they entreat King Pelasgus to protect them. He refuses pending the decision of the Argive people, who decide in the favor of the Danaids. Danaus rejoices the outcome, and the Danaids praise the Greek gods. Almost immediately, a herald of the Egyptians comes to attempt to force the Danaids to return to their cousins for marriage.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 44 pages in the PDF version, and was originally written c.463 B.C. This translation by E. D. A. Morshead was published in 1908.

Production notes: This e-book of The Suppliants was published by Global Grey in 2020.

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