Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica

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Ἔνθα δ᾿ ἔσαν σταθμοί τε βοῶν αὖλίς τ᾿ Ἀμύκοιο, Βεβρύκων βασιλῆος ἀγήνορος, ὅν ποτε νύμφη τίκτε Ποσειδάωνι Γενεθλίῳ εὐνηθεῖσα Βιθυνὶς Μελίη ὑπεροπληέστατον ἀνδρῶν· 5ὅς τ᾿ ἐπὶ καὶ ξείνοισιν ἀεικέα θεσμὸν ἔθηκεν, μή τιν᾿ ἀποστείχειν, πρὶν πειρήσασθαι ἑοῖο πυγμαχίης· πολέας δὲ περικτιόνων ἐδάιξεν. καὶ δὲ τότε προτὶ νῆα κιών, χρειὼ μὲν ἐρέσθαι ναυτιλίης, οἵ τ᾿ εἶεν, ὑπερβασίῃσιν ἄτισσεν, 10τοῖον δ᾿ ἐν πάντεσσι παρασχεδὸν ἔκφατο μῦθον· “κέκλυθ᾿, ἁλίπλαγκτοι, τά περ ἴδμεναι ὔμμιν ἔοικεν. οὔ τινα θέσμιόν ἐστιν ἀφορμηθέντα νέεσθαι ἀνδρῶν ὀθνείων, ὅς κεν Βέβρυξι πελάσσῃ, πρὶν χείρεσσιν ἐμῇσιν ἑὰς ἀνὰ χεῖρας ἀεῖραι. 15τῶ καί μοι τὸν ἄριστον ἀποκριδὸν οἶον ὁμίλου πυγμαχίῃ στήσασθε καταυτόθι δηρινθῆναι. εἰ δ᾿ ἂν ἀπηλεγέοντες ἐμὰς πατέοιτε θέμιστας, ἦ κέν τις στυγερῶς κρατερὴ ἐπιέψετ᾿ ἀνάγκη.” ἦ ῥα μέγα φρονέων· τοὺς δ᾿ ἄγριος εἰσαΐοντας
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Argonautica: Book 2

Book 2

Here were located the ox stables and sheepfold of Amycus, the haughty king of the Bebrycians, whom the nymph, Bithynian Melie, having made love to Poseidon Genethlius,1 once bore—the most arrogant of men, who imposed even on strangers an outrageous law, that no one could depart before making trial of him in boxing; and many were the neighbors he had killed. And on this occasion he went to the ship and insolently scorned to ask the purpose of their voyage or who they were, but immediately made this declaration to all of them:

“Listen, seafaring wanderers, to what it behooves you to know. It is the law that no foreigner who comes to the Bebrycians may depart on his journey before he has raised his hands against my hands. Therefore, select the best man from your crew and put him right here to contend with me in boxing. But if you pay no heed and trample on my laws, assuredly will harsh necessity pursue you with dreadful consequences.”

Thus he spoke in his arrogance, and savage anger seized them when they heard this, but the threat struck

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.apollonius_rhodes-argonautica.2009