informed of this transaction, the knights compelled him to return
f A hemistich borrowed from Euripides' 'Telephus.'
f The tragedies of Aeschylus continued to be played even after the
poet's death, which occurred in 436 B.C., ten years before the production
of 'The Acharnians.'
f A tragic poet, whose pieces were so devoid of warmth and life that he
was nicknamed [the Greek for] 'snow.'
f A bad musician, frequently ridiculed by Aristophanes; he played both
the lyre and the flute.
f A lively and elevated method.
f A hill near the Acropolis, where the Assemblies were held.
f Several means were used to force citizens to attend the assemblies;
the shops were closed; circulation was only permitted in those streets which
led to the Pnyx; finally, a rope covered with vermilion was drawn round those
who dallied in the Agora (the market-place), and the late-comers, ear-
marked by the imprint of the rope, were fined.
f Magistrates who, with the Archons and the Epistatae, shared the care
of holding and directing the assemblies of the people; they were fifty
f The Peloponnesian War had already, at the date of the representation
of 'The Acharnians,' lasted five years, 431-426 B.C.; driven from their lands
by the successive Lacedaemonian invasions, the people throughout the
country had been compelled to seek shelter behind the walls of Athens.
Move on up, move on, move on, to get within the consecrated area.
f Shortly before the meeting of the Assembly, a number of young pigs
were immolated and a few drops of their blood were sprinkled on the
seats of the Prytanes; this sacrifice was in honour of Ceres.
Has anyone spoken yet?
Who asks to speak?
You are no man.
f The name, Amphitheus, contains [the Greek] word [for] 'god.'
No! I am an immortal! Amphitheus was the son of Ceres and
Triptolemus; of him was born Celeus. Celeus wedded Phaenerete, my
grandmother, whose son was Lucinus, and, being born of him I am an
immortal; it is to me alone that the gods have entrusted the duty of
treating with the Lacedaemonians. But, citizens, though I am immortal,
I am dying of hunger; the Prytanes give me naught.
f Amongst other duties, it was the office of the Prytanes to look after
the wants of the poor.
Oh, Triptolemus and Ceres, do ye thus forsake your own blood?
Prytanes, in expelling this citizen, you are offering an outrage
to the Assembly. He only desired to secure peace for us and to sheathe
Sit down and keep silence!
No, by Apollo, I will not, unless you are going to discuss the
question of peace.
The ambassadors, who are returned from the Court of the King!Download<<BackPagesMainNext>>