The case presented by Apollo is so unsatisfactory that it would appear Aeschylus used the framework of a debate as the basis for a dramatic confrontation between adversaries and made no real effort at a well-reasoned analysis of the particular case under discussion. The reason for this is made clear when the jurors vote. They are tied because the case is too hard for human beings to judge. There is justice on both sides — neither the ties of kinship nor the requirements of authority and the social order can be denied. Athene casts the deciding vote as the first step in the establishment of a new and greater social and moral order in which the desirable elements of the views represented by the Furies and the Olympian gods are combined. It is interesting to note
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