Scholia B (in Oxyrhynchus papyrus) (50–100 a.d.)
fr. 6 col. i (on v. 58 ff.) Colaxaean horse . . . thus Agido . . . second in respect of her beauty . . . Colaxaean horse . . . against an Ibenian; Colaxaean . . . Ibenian. And concerning the breed of the horses Aristarchus speaks as follows: both these breeds of horses (are foreign). But it is said that although both are eminent the Ibenian is better. (He)1 says (the Ibenians are a people) of (Lydia), and from this he is ready (to infer) that Alcman was Lydian. But Sosibius shows that a second race of Ibenians is situated . . .,2 adducing X3 as his witness. Concerning the Colaxaeans (Eudoxus)4 the Cnidian . . . they (dwell near) the Black Sea5 . . .
fr. 6 col. ii (on vv. 60–63) . . . said . . . Agido ... to them1 . . . this . . . more often . . . Atarnides2 . . . He calls the Pleiads Peleiads as does Pindar, Nem. 2. 11 f.3 If . . ., (one must) understand it as follows: . . . Hagesichora and Agido . . . being . . . the star of Sirius . . . fighting ... of Pleiads ... as Pleiads1 . . . νύκτα. . . μάχονται (vv. 62 f.). (They say that in the above something is missing), for the words νύκτα δι᾿ ἀμβροσίαν correspond with (ἀεθλοφόρον) καναχάποδα (v. 48)4 so that5 . . .; honour . . . star like Sirius . . . by such reasoning . . . us about the . . . star . . .
- 1Aristarchus? See test. 7.
- 2In a Celtic area (see Steph. Byz. on Ἰβαῖοι).
- 3Herodotus? If so, there seems to be a mistake.
- 4Or Ctesias.
- 5Hdt. 4. 5, 7 speaks of a Scythian king called Colaxais.
- 1It seems that Hagesichora and Agido are being equated with the Pleiads as in schol. A.
- 2‛Women of Atarneus’ is obscure: there was an Atarneus on the coast of Asia Minor opposite Lesbos. See also fr. 10(a).
- 3Other examples, including Simon. 555, in Athen. 11. 490 f.
- 4V. 62 corresponds metrically with v. 48, but the argument is not clear.
- 5There may be a reference here to the words ‛like the sun’ in v. 41.