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The play open a few days after the closing scene of The Choephori

The play open a few days after the closing scene of The Choephori

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The play open a few days after the closing scene of  The Choephori,  outside the Temple of Apollo at  Delphi The Priestess of Apollo enters, chanting a prayer to the various divinities that have been  associated with the holy shrine of Delphi. Fourth and last in the succession at the sanctuary is  Apollo. He has been entrusted with the secrets of prophecy and has been assigned this oracle as  the spokesman of his father Zeus. The priestess goes into the temple. There is a short pause, then she rushes out in terror. She  describes the horrible sight she has just seen — a man covered with bloodstains and holding a  bloody sword is kneeling at the altar stone in the posture of a suppliant; asleep on the floor around  him are gathered a group of revoltingly ugly creatures dressed in black. The priestess says that this  matter is so mysterious that only Apollo himself can unravel it. She exits.
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