A Queen, A Son & the Gods in H.D.'s Adaptation of Euripides' Ion
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The messenger god Hermes begins the action by telling of a secret child Queen Kreousa bore to the god Apollo, then in her shame left exposed to die. Apollo, however, has Hermes save the child to be raised by the priestess at the Delphic Oracle. When Kreousa and her husband Xouthos come to the Oracle to ask for children, they meet young Ion. The oracle tells Xouthos his son will be the first he sees when leaving the temple, so he believes Ion to be his true son, and decides to keep this secret from his wife. When Kreousa learns that a stranger will inherit her city, she plots to kill the young man—and leaves the gods to intervene.