[“Upon the Armour”]

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Themes

The manuscript of the poem was accompanied by a document where Seferis had copied some passages from Paul Mazon’s Introduction to the Oresteia, which referred to the end of Aeschylus’ Eumenides.

 

Language

lines 20-26

‘The Semnae promised to the Great-Priest to return to their cave and from there to protect the city for eternity. This is what the God of Greece commanded: Cry aloud now in echo to our song.’ (Οι Σεμνές υποσχέθηκαν στον επίσκοπο-Αρχιερέα να ξαναμπούνε στο σπήλαιό τους και μένοντας εκεί να προστατεύουν την πόλη ώς τη συντέλεια των αιώνων. Το πρόσταξε ο Θεός της Ελλάδος. Ὀλολύξατε νῦν ἐπὶ μολπαῖς  νῦν ἐπὶ μολπαῖς ὀλολύξατε…); these lines echo Aeschylus’ Eumenides 1033-end.

 

line 24

‘Cry aloud now in echo to our song’ (Ὀλολύξατε νῦν ἐπὶ μολπαῖς); a verbatim allusion to Aeschylus’ Eumenides 1043 and 1047.

 

Characters

line 20

Semnae (i.e. Furies)

 

Bibliography

Tsianikas, M. 1999. ‘Σεφέρης: Aρματοδρομίες’, Porphyras 92 (Oct.– Dec.): 182-98.

 

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