The Chorus of Argive Elders enter. The old men say that ten years have passed since Agamemnon and his brother Menelaus sailed to Troy with their army. Zeus ordained that a bloody war be fought to avenge the seduction of Helen by Paris. Many men have already suffered and died "for one woman's promiscuous sake," and the war still goes on. The elders add that they were too old and weak to serve in the expedition to Troy.