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The Persians

The Persians THE PERSIANS Adapted by Heiner Müller from a translation by Peter Witzmann English translation by Thomas Freeland Chorus Messenger Atossa Shade Of Darius Xerxes ScENE: THE PERSIAN RoyAl PAlAcE AT SuSA Chorus: The Persians, gone Into the land of Hellas, named us trusted And of their richly furnished and gold-laden Estates guardians, in accord with our age By Lord Xerxes himself, the King Descended of Darius, chosen to watch Over the land. About the return of the King And of the gold-laden army With a fatal premonition The mind too much torments itself. For the total might Of our Asian-born strength Is gone forth. After the young Manhood he calls And neither messenger nor rider Comes to the city of the Persians. And they have left Susa and Agbatana And the ancient precincts of Kission Have they left Some on horseback, others On ships, on foot also on the march The warriors forming columns, Such as Amistres and also Artaphrenes And Megabates and Astapes, © 2009 Heiner Müller PAJ 92 (2009), pp. 85–110.  85 Marshals of the Persian Kings, the great King’s servants They hasten forth, overseers of great armies Mighty with bow and on their horses http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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MIT Press
Copyright
© 2009 Heiner Müller
Subject
Play
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/pajj.2009.31.2.85
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THE PERSIANS Adapted by Heiner Müller from a translation by Peter Witzmann English translation by Thomas Freeland Chorus Messenger Atossa Shade Of Darius Xerxes ScENE: THE PERSIAN RoyAl PAlAcE AT SuSA Chorus: The Persians, gone Into the land of Hellas, named us trusted And of their richly furnished and gold-laden Estates guardians, in accord with our age By Lord Xerxes himself, the King Descended of Darius, chosen to watch Over the land. About the return of the King And of the gold-laden army With a fatal premonition The mind too much torments itself. For the total might Of our Asian-born strength Is gone forth. After the young Manhood he calls And neither messenger nor rider Comes to the city of the Persians. And they have left Susa and Agbatana And the ancient precincts of Kission Have they left Some on horseback, others On ships, on foot also on the march The warriors forming columns, Such as Amistres and also Artaphrenes And Megabates and Astapes, © 2009 Heiner Müller PAJ 92 (2009), pp. 85–110.  85 Marshals of the Persian Kings, the great King’s servants They hasten forth, overseers of great armies Mighty with bow and on their horses

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2009

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