Orestes, son of Agamemnon, has just discovered his friend Pylades at the court of Pyrrhus, son of Achilles and king of Epirus. Pylades feared that the storm which separated their ships near Epirus six months before had brought Orestes the death he had always sought. He is overjoyed and asks what has brought Orestes and his Greek embassy to Epirus. Orestes says he has come for love, and Pylades is surprised. He had thought that after the princess Hermione had refused him at Sparta, Orestes had forgotten his passion for the daughter of Helen of Troy. Hermione has been betrothed to Pyrrhus and is now in Epirus waiting to marry him.Orestes agrees that he thought he had torn Hermione from his heart, and he had gone to join a conference of Greek princes in the hope of war and fame. However, the conference was discussing
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