Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica eBook

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Fragment #1 —­ Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, Arg. i. 128:  Hesiod in the “Marriage of Ceyx” says that he (Heracles) landed (from the Argo) to look for water and was left behind in Magnesia near the place called Aphetae because of his desertion there.

Fragment #2 —­
Zenobius (1), ii. 19: 
Hesiod used the proverb in the following way:  Heracles is
represented as having constantly visited the house of Ceyx of
Trachis and spoken thus:  `Of their own selves the good make for
the feasts of good.’

Fragment #3 —­
Scholiast on Homer, Il. xiv. 119: 
`And horse-driving Ceyx beholding...’

Fragment #4 —­
Athenaeus, ii. p. 49b: 
Hesiod in the “Marriage of Ceyx” —­ for though grammar-school
boys alienate it from the poet, yet I consider the poem ancient —­ calls the tables tripods.

Fragment #5 —­ Gregory of Corinth, On Forms of Speech (Rhett.  Gr. vii. 776):  `But when they had done with desire for the equal-shared feast, even then they brought from the forest the mother of a mother (sc. wood), dry and parched, to be slain by her own children’ (sc. to be burnt in the flames).


(1) A Greek sophist who taught rhetoric at Rome in the time of
     Hadrian.  He is the author of a collection of proverbs in
     three books.

THE GREAT EOIAE (fragments)

Fragment #1 —­
Pausanius, ii. 26. 3: 
Epidaurus.  According to the opinion of the Argives and the epic
poem, the “Great Eoiae”, Argos the son of Zeus was father of

Fragment #2 —­ Anonymous Comment. on Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, iii. 7:  And, they say, Hesiod is sufficient to prove that the word PONEROS (bad) has the same sense as `laborious’ or `ill-fated’; for in the “Great Eoiae” he represents Alcmene as saying to Heracles:  `My son, truly Zeus your father begot you to be the most toilful as the most excellent...’; and again:  `The Fates (made) you the most toilful and the most excellent...’

Fragment #3 —­
Scholiast on Pindar, Isthm. v. 53: 
The story has been taken from the “Great Eoiae”; for there we
find Heracles entertained by Telamon, standing dressed in his
lion-skin and praying, and there also we find the eagle sent by
Zeus, from which Aias took his name (1).

Fragment #4 —­
Pausanias, iv. 2. 1: 
But I know that the so-called “Great Eoiae” say that Polycaon the
son of Butes married Euaechme, daughter of Hyllus, Heracles’ son.

Fragment #5 —­ Pausanias, ix. 40. 6:  `And Phylas wedded Leipephile the daughter of famous Iolaus:  and she was like the Olympians in beauty.  She bare him a son Hippotades in the palace, and comely Thero who was like the beams of the moon.  And Thero lay in the embrace of Apollo and bare horse-taming Chaeron of hardy strength.’

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