Alcman, Fragments

LCL 143: 448-449

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79 Scholiast on Pindar, Olympian 1. 57 (Tantalus and the stone)

Alcaeus and Alcman say that a stone hangs over Tantalus, Alcaeus (fr. 365), Alcman as follows:

a sinner, he sat among agreeable things1 on a seat under a rock, seeing nothing, but supposing that he did.

80–86 are or may be connected with Odysseus; see also 4A with notes, 70(c). See P. Janni, La cultura di Sparta arcaica, Ricerche II (Rome 1970).

80 Scholiast on Iliad 16.2361

And so Alcman says,

And once Circe anointing2 the ears of the companions of stout-hearted Odysseus . . .

For she did not anoint them herself: it was her suggestion to Odysseus.3

81 Scholiast on Odyssey 6.244f. (‘If only such a man were called my husband, dwelling here!’)1

Aristarchus rejects both lines; but he has doubts about the first, since it was reshaped by Alcman, who made girls say,

Father Zeus, if only he were my husband!

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.alcman-fragments.1988