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to the Assembly. He only desired to secure peace for us and to sheathe
the sword.
(The Scythians release Amphitheus.)
HERALD
Sit down! Silence!
DICAEOPOLIS
No, by Apollo, I will not, unless you are going to discuss the
question of peace.
HERALD (ignoring this; loudly)
The ambassadors, who are returned from the Court of the King!
DICAEOPOLIS
Of what King? I am sick of all those fine birds, the peacock
ambassadors and their swagger.
HERALD
Silence!
DICAEOPOLIS (as he perceives the entering ambassadors dressed in the
Persian mode)

Oh! oh! By Ecbatana, what a costume!
AMBASSADOR (pompously)
During the archonship of Euthymenes, you sent us to the Great King
on a salary of two drachmae per diem.
DICAEOPOLIS (aside)
Ah! those poor drachmae!
AMBASSADOR
We suffered horribly on the plains of the Cayster, sleeping
under tent, stretched deliciously on fine chariots, half dead with
weariness.
DICAEOPOLIS (aside)
And I was very much at ease, lying on the straw along the
battlements!
AMBASSADOR
Everywhere we were well received and forced to drink delicious
wine out of golden or crystal flagons.....
DICAEOPOLIS (aside)
Oh, city of Cranaus, thy ambassadors are laughing at thee!
AMBASSADOR
For great feeders and heavy drinkers are alone esteemed as men
by the barbarians.
DICAEOPOLIS (aside)
Just as here in Athens, we only esteem the wenchers and pederasts.
AMBASSADOR
At the end of the fourth year we reached the King's Court, but
he had left with his whole army to take a crap, and for the space of
eight months he was thus sitting on the can in the midst of the golden
mountains.
DICAEOPOLIS (aside)
And how long did it take him to close his arse? A month?
AMBASSADOR
After this he returned to his palace; then he entertained us and
had us served with oxen roasted whole in an oven.
DICAEOPOLIS (aside)
Who ever saw an ox roasted in an oven? What a lie!
AMBASSADOR
And one day, by Zeus, he also had us served with a bird three
times as large as Cleonymus, and called the Hoax.
DICAEOPOLIS (aside)
And do we give you two drachmae, that you should hoax us thus?
AMBASSADOR
We are bringing to you Pseudartabas, the King's Eye.
DICAEOPOLIS
I would a crow might pluck out yours with his beak, you cursed
ambassador!
HERALD (loudly)
The King's Eye!

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