Photographer's Note

A scene from The Persians by Aeschylus performed at the open theatre of the castle of Leros. The theatrical group visited Leros for only one performance directed by Varvara Doukas.

The Persians is a tragedy first performed in Athens in 472 B.C. It relates the desperation of the officers, royals and people of Persia after the defeat of the Persian Empire to the Greeks in the Battle of Salamis (480 B.C.) A very powerful and heartbreaking play about war and hubris, unfortunately still relevant to human reality, after so many centuries.

In this picture Persian Queen Mother Atossa is narrating her ominous dream to the Chorus that is bringing her horrible news from the crashing defeat. I love the eloquence of Atossa's hands, one pleading and the other one repulsing the pain and horror. The role was performed by Konstantinos Mitropoulos.

A more comprehensive scene in the WORKSHOP.

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