Already o'er the adverse strand
In arms the monarch's martial squadrons spread;
The threat'ning ruin shakes the land,
And each tall city bows its tower'd head.
Bark bound to bark, their wondrous way
They bridge across the indignant sea;
The narrow Hellespont's vex'd waves disdain,
His proud neck taught to wear the chain.
The Persians is one of a trilogy of unconnected tragedies presented in 472 BC. Written during the Classical period of Ancient Greece, it dramatizes recent history rather than events from the distant age of mythical heroes.. The play treats the decisive repulse of the Persians from Greece in 480, in particular their defeat at the Battle of Salamis.
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