By Aristophanes, Translated by Ian Johnston
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EUELPIDES W hat about the birds with claws? PISTHETAIROS [producing a barbecue spit] Grab this spit— stick it in the ground in front of you. EUELPIDES How do we protect our eyes?  PISTHETAIROS [producing a couple of tin bowls] An upturned bowl. Set this on your head. [Euelpides puts the tin bowl upside down on his head and holds up the 31 pot, with the spit stuck in the ground] EUELPIDES That’s brilliant! W hat a grand stroke of warlike strategy! 1 460 [Pisthetairos and Euelpides, with tin bowls on their heads, await the birds’ charge, with Pisthetairos hiding behind Euelpides who is holding up the big pot.
W ell, to hell with you . . PISTHETAIROS Hey, my friend, you should go where I send you— without you none of that work I mentioned will get done. W e need a sacrifice to these new gods. I’ll call a priest to organize the show. 1120 [Euelpides exits. Pisthetairos calls to the slaves through the doors of Tereus’ house] You, boy, pick up the basket, and you, my lad, grab up the holy water.  [Pisthetairos enters the house. As the Chorus sings, the slaves emerge and prepare for the sacrifice. The Chorus is accompanied by a raven playing the pipes] CHORUS I think it’s good and I agree, your notions here are fine with me, a great big march with dancing throngs and to the gods send holy songs, and then their benefits to keep 1 The officer inspecting the sentries regularly rang a small bell to indicate that all was well.
Because he was their king, the cock’s still called the Persian Bird. 620 EUELPIDES That’s why to this very day the cock’s the only bird to strut about like some great Persian king, and on his head he wears his crown erect. PISTHETAIROS He was so great, so mighty and so strong, that even now, thanks to his power then, when he sings out his early morning song, all men leap up to head for work— blacksmiths, potters, tanners, men who deal in corn or supervise the baths, or make our shields or fabricate our lyres— they all lace on their shoes and set off in the dark.