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Le figlie di Leo, sacrificate per salvare Atene.

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Single panel: A representation of Leos sacrificing his three daughters Praxithea, Theope, and Eubule. There are a number of art-historical views of what human sacrifices might have looked like in Archaic Greece and mostly this will be left to the discretion of the artist, with the recommendation that he image search some of the more famous Greek maiden sacrifices, such as those of Iphigenia or Polyxena, and extrapolate from there. Perhaps Praxithea can be lying already sacrificed at her father’s feet, Theope can be under the knife, and Eubule can be patiently waiting her turn. The four captions can be at the corners of the illustration, or otherwise arranged as seems reasonable.

CAPTION – UU Minister speaking (1): In Greek legend, Leos, the son of Orpheus, had three daughters: Praxithea, Theope, and Eubule. In response to a prophecy from the Oracle at Delphi, these three daughters volunteered themselves for sacrifice to save Athens from famine and plague.

Translation (1): Nella leggenda greca, Leos, figlio di Orfeo, aveva tre figlie: Praxithea, Theope e Eubule. In risposta a una profezia dell’Oracolo di Delfi, queste tre figlie si offrirono volontarie in sacrificio per salvare Atene dalla carestia e dalla pestilenza.

CAPTION – UU Minister speaking (2): Were their sacrifices regarded as tragedy, stupidity, or waste? Far from it. Demosthenes himself, in his funeral oration, compared them to the bravest of soldiers who fell defending their city.

Translation (2): I loro sacrifici erano considerati tragedia, stupidità o spreco? No, certamente. Lo stesso Demostene, nella sua orazione funebre, le paragonò ai più coraggiosi soldati che caddero in difesa della loro città.

CAPTION – UU Minister quoting Demosthenes (3): ὅτε δὴ γυναῖκες ἐκεῖναι τοιαύτην ἔσχον ἀνδρείαν, οὐ θεμιτὸν αὑτοῖς ὑπελάμβανον χείροσιν ἀνδράσιν οὖσιν ἐκείνων φανῆναι.

Comment (3): Do not attempt to translate this passage in Greek. It’s translated into English at (4) below, and you can translate it from there into your target language.

CAPTION – UU – Minister translating (4): “When, therefore, such courage was displayed by those women, they looked upon it as a heinous thing if they, being men, should have proved to possess less of manhood.”

Translation (4): “Nel momento in cui queste donne hanno mostrato un tale coraggio, glu uomini pensarono che sarebbe stato atroce se loro, come uomini, avessero dimostrato di possedere meno coraggio”.

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