Category: Aeschylus

Illustration by François-Louis Schmied for an edition of Aeschylus’ Prométhée Enchaîné (translated by Paul Mazon)

French, 1941

private collection x 

Many things pierce a woman’s heart: 
in place of the man she sent out
she knows
she’ll get back
a handful of ash.

who exchanges bodies for gold,
Ares who holds the scales of war,
sends home to the wife
the dust of her man
packed into an easy little urn.