Thursday, April 28, 2011

A-Z: Xerxes

The mighty Xerxes, from Darius sprung,
The stream of whose rich blood flows in our veins,
Leads against Greece; whether his arrowy shower
Shot from the strong-braced bow, or the huge spear
High brandish'd, in the deathful field prevails.

–– Aeschylus, The Persians (translated by Robert Potter)

The complete text can be found at Wikisource


  1. The more I read your posts, the more I'm thankful we don't talk or write like that.

  2. The more I read them, the more I wish we did. Still, you beat me to Xerxes now too. I have got to stop reading your blog before I write mine. I hate to copy-cat, and you and I have a lot of the same sources of inspiration it seems. Plus, there are so few X words.

  3. The mention of Xerxes immediately made me think of Tilton's poem "Even This Shall Pass Away".

  4. the movie 300 immediately came to my mind!
    Great meeting you through the A-Z :)