Translated and adapted by
Frank J. Morlock
CHARACTERS:? SOCRATES? ANITUS, High
Priest? MELITUS, Athenian Judge? XANTIPPE, Wife of
Socrates? AGLAEA, a young Athenian girl raised by
Socrates? SOPHRONINE, a young Athenian boy raised by
Socrates? DRIXA, a merchant woman attached to
Anitus? TERPANDRE, attached to Anitus? ACROS, attached to
Anitus? JUDGES? DISCIPLES OF SOCRATES? NONOTI, a
pedant protected by Anitus? BERTIOS, another? CHOMOS,
ANITUS: My dear confidants, my dear agents, you know how
much money I made you during the last festival of Ceres. I'm
getting married and I hope you will do your duty on this grand
DRIXA: Yes, without doubt, Milord, since you are going to make
us earn yet more.
ANITUS: Madame Drixa, I must have two beautiful Persian rugs.
You, Terpandre, of you I only ask two large silver candelabra. And
of you, Acros, a half dozen dresses of silk embroidered with gold.