Thomyris, Queen of the Amazons came on dressed in a very equivocal manner; for, in order to give her a martial look, she had her petticoats trussed up in front above her knees, which were very discernible through her black breeches. However strange this appeared to me, the audience clapped violently, as they did constantly at the worst and most absurd things in the piece. There was a great deal of religion in it, and such anachronisms, that they talked of J. C. and the Trinity, nor were Free-will and Predestination forgotten; and when Cyrus is dying of the wound he received in battle, he is examined by a Jewish priest, a principal character in the play, as his confessor, concerning his religious principles, and he makes to him a profession of faith.
-CHARLES BURNEY, THE PRESENT STATE OF MUSIC IN FRANCE AND ITALY
Nichts vom Triumph mir! Nichts vom Rosenfeste!
Es ruft die Schlacht noch einmal mich ins Feld.
Den jungen trotz'gen Kriegsgott bänd'g' ich mir,
Gefährtinnen, zehntausend Sonnen dünken,
Zu einem Glutball eingeschmelzt, so glanzvoll
Nicht, als ein Sieg, ein Sieg mir über ihn.
- HEINRICH VON KLEIST, PENTHISILEA
With all zeal mighty Bellerophontes seized the winged steed [Pegasos], setting between his jaws the soothing charm, and mounting him, in his bronze panoply played him in sport, to try his pace. And once [in Lykia], with him, he smote the Amazones, from the chill bosom of the lonely air, that archered host of women-kind.
- PINDAR, OLYPIAN ODE 13