In the Suppliants, Aeschylus took a precise position
against the rejection of eros by the Danaides; the proof lies in the use
of the prophecy that Prometheus makes to Io in PV 865-869 regarding the
rebellion of Hypermestra against her father’s orders: she chose to be
called cowardly rather than a murderer because driven ἱμέρῳ “by the
desire to make love”, in accordance with what Aphrodite herself declares
in fr. 44 R.
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