And Earth herself mourns.
Listen! She cries out
Wailing her own young, slaughtered by Xerxes
Who crammed them into the huge maw of Death
For those now dead
The country’s flower
Tamers of great bows, thickets of men
All wasted and withered
By tens of thousands.
Cry! Can you cry?
Their courage kept us safe.
Whose mountains and plains you rule
Is forced, forced in blood
Down on her knees.
The Persians is an ancient Greek tragedy written during the Classical period of Ancient Greece by the Greek tragedian Aeschylus. It is the second and only surviving part of a now otherwise lost trilogy that won the first prize at the dramatic competitions in Athens’ City Dionysia festival in 472 BCE, with Pericles serving as choregos. Read more…