The ambassador has just returned to Athens after spending several
HERALD ignoring this; loudly
The ambassadors, who are returned from the Court of the King!
Of what King? I am sick of all those fine birds, the peacock ambassadors and their swagger.
DICAEOPOLIS as he perceives the entering ambassadors dressed in the Persian mode
Oh! oh! By Ecbatana, what a costume!
During the archonship of Euthymenes, you sent us to the Great King on a salary of two drachmae per diem.
Ah! those poor drachmae!
We suffered horribly on the plains of the Cayster, sleeping under tent, stretched deliciously on fine chariots, half dead with weariness.
And I was very much at ease, lying on the straw along the battlements!
Everywhere we were well received and forced to drink
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