The tragedy was created at the beginning of the XVIII century, based on the version of the myth of Achilles and Pentesilee. The action takes place on the battlefield near Troy.
Odysseus with Antilochus and Diomedes are talking about Penthesilea, the queen of the Amazons, who led her troops to remove the Trojan siege. Odysseus once asked her not to take such measures, but the Queen said that “her quiver will give her answer.” Odysseus directs the army, but with a peace offer, but the Amazons take it as an attack and captivate Achilles. Achilles escapes from captivity, despite the persecution of Penthesilea.
The fierce queen wants to destroy the hero: “My blows will get to him!” Her servants, Protohe sees how the mistress relates to Achilles: “The
It turns out the high priestess of the goddess Diana with roses in baskets, accompanied by Amazons with captured warriors, and also joyful, cheerful girls. The priestess turns to the Amazons, why there are no celebrations in honor of love, but gets an answer about the rejection by men of their society.
The Amazon comes running, bringing a bad news: the Amazon army is hit, the Greeks are more and more on the offensive. The queen was defeated in battle with Achilles: “When she heard the death call, she fell. / And only then, so terrified of revenge, / In the mud lay, we reasoned all, / As in hell he crushes the queen, / But pale, he will not hesitate, / Like the death of a shadow. ” This minute, wounded Pentesilea enters the room. The servant urges her to flee urgently from Achilles, but the girl refuses: “My soul is tired.” Run, if you want, “” I’d rather be ashes than to such an unskillful friend. ” The maids, calling
Survivors of the Amazons are preparing to protect their queen. Achilles, approaching the Amazons, disarms the army, flatly refusing to fight the Amazon army: “I’m wounded in the heart deeply, leaning towards your dear feet.” At the same time, Diomedes is approaching with his army, urging the army of the Amazons to surrender. Proto with Achilles take the queen further away from the battlefield. She’s unconscious. Achilles tells Proto for feelings of Pentecile, but the queen regains consciousness, and Achilles tries to hide behind a tree so as not to frighten off the beloved. Penthesilea tells Proto-ee about the nightmare she dreamed of, where she was captured and became the lover of Achilles: “Cursed everyone, who lived to shame, a curse to me, if I take my husband.” Seeing Achilles, not going to attack her, she thinks about the battle won, and Achilles confirms this, standing in front of Penthesilea’s knees. Triumphantly, Penthesilea gives the order to lead Lycaona, beloved Proto, that leaves. The choir glorifies the glorious victory and triumph, convincing the queen in this. Achilles tells Pentesilee about her feelings, and now, when the hero is defeated, her honor will not be tarnished – she grants him her reciprocity. She wants to see her army, but Protohe tells her that the troops are pursuing the Greeks who have fled from the battlefield.
Penthesilea says that the tribe of the Amazons originates from the people struck by the enemies. Once the captive wives, unwilling to tolerate slavery more, killed their invaders and gained the status of masters. Every year the kingdom of the Amazons was replenished with strong women who underwent terrible trials in Themiskir.
Achilles tells Pentesilee: “So why are you pursuing me so harshly?”. In response, Penthesilea talks about her mother’s long-held bequest, which refers to a wedding with Pelid Achilles, whose exploits were known in the Amazon. “The response of the Trojan battles rang out, and there is no sorrow, and the call of belligerent pleasures aroused in the soul.” Looking at Achilles, the queen fell in love with the hero to the point of unconsciousness.
The weapon bell rings – the Greeks are approaching – Achilles reveals the truth to the queen: “You are given to me by the happiness of the abusive, because it was you who fell at my feet, when they met in battle, not me.” The troubled Penthesilea suffers – honor forbids the queen to become the wife of the victor. The commander says that the Amazons are beginning to press the army of the Greeks.
There is an army of Amazons, the Greeks are escaping, Odysseus takes Achilles: “Do not be obstinate! Madman!”
The queen, cursing, tells the priestess and the Amazons about the “shameful victory.” The priestess appears, denouncing the queen in infidelity to her own army, about the desire to surrender to the enemy. A messenger arrives, reporting the desire of Achilles to summon Penthesilea to battle. The queen collects arms, all elephants and dogs, and completely without understanding Achilles’s goals to surrender, in confusion from treachery, goes to fight with the hero.
Achilles speaks of love for Pentecile Odyssey. Odysseus tries to dissuade him, but he is unperturbed, wanting to surrender to the queen, because then he can be her husband. Penthesilea will not find marriage with him, having the status of a slave.
Amazon runs to the priestess with terrible news: the queen, outside of human considerations, torments the hero Achilles with the dogs. Having come to consciousness, Penthesilea, sees a mutilated corpse, and with fear asks if her beloved is her. Seeing the tattered hero, understands his death, which came from her hands, the queen with a horror in her eyes kisses the body: “I can say what I wanted.” She loved you, but nothing else. “
Penthesilea sends the Amazons to Amisonia’s capital Themiskiru: “I renounce the moral of naznits and I will go for my dear Pelid.” Protoet surmises that the queen wants to do away with her life and takes away her weapons from Penthesilea. The queen gives the servant a dagger and arrows with passion, answering with passion: “I’m going down to the depth now, / As to hell. / Where is the dead iron / I will find there the destruction of feeling. / I will cleanse the melancholy of it, I / Where is steel, poison / Repentance, permeating with a poisonous pain. / On the hopes of the eternal anvil / I will sharpen and sharpen the dagger, / I’ll turn my chest up. / And yes! More! Oh how good it is! “. The queen perishes, Protohe looks at her dead body, says: “So proudly blossomed, and therefore fell.” The stubborn oak carries away the storm, / But a powerful storm will be cut down, dumped, / Hooked at a huge summit. “