Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica

LCL 1: 210-211

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Apollonius Rhodius

ὣς οἵ γ᾿ ἀλλήλοισιν ἀμοιβαδὸν ἠγορόωντο, μέσφ᾿ αὖτις δόρποιο κορεσσάμενοι κατέδαρθεν. ἦρι δ᾿ ἀνεγρομένοισιν ἐυκραὴς ἄεν οὖρος· ἱστία δ᾿ ἤειραν, τὰ δ᾿ ὑπαὶ ῥιπῆς ἀνέμοιο 1230τείνετο· ῥίμφα δὲ νῆσον ἀποπροέλειπον Ἄρηος. νυκτὶ δ᾿ ἐπιπλομένῃ Φιλυρηίδα νῆσον ἄμειβον· ἔνθα μὲν Οὐρανίδης Φιλύρῃ Κρόνος, εὖτ᾿ ἐν Ὀλύμπῳ Τιτήνων ἤνασσεν, ὁ δὲ Κρηταῖον ὑπ᾿ ἄντρον Ζεὺς ἔτι Κουρήτεσσι μετετρέφετ᾿ Ἰδαίοισιν, 1235Ῥείην ἐξαπαφὼν παρελέξατο· τοὺς δ᾿ ἐνὶ λέκτροις τέτμε θεὰ μεσσηγύς, ὁ δ᾿ ἐξ εὐνῆς ἀνορούσας ἔσσυτο χαιτήεντι φυὴν ἐναλίγκιος ἵππῳ· ἡ δ᾿ αἰδοῖ χῶρόν τε καὶ ἤθεα κεῖνα λιποῦσα Ὠκεανὶς Φιλύρη εἰς οὔρεα μακρὰ Πελασγῶν 1240ἦλθ᾿, ἵνα δὴ Χείρωνα πελώριον, ἄλλα μὲν ἵππῳ, ἄλλα θεῷ ἀτάλαντον, ἀμοιβαίῃ τέκεν εὐνῇ. κεῖθεν δ᾿ αὖ Μάκρωνας ἀπειρεσίην τε Βεχείρων γαῖαν ὑπερφιάλους τε παρεξενέοντο Σάπειρας, Βύζηράς τ᾿ ἐπὶ τοῖσιν· ἐπιπρὸ γὰρ αἰὲν ἔτεμνον 1245ἐσσυμένως λιαροῖο φορεύμενοι ἐξ ἀνέμοιο. καὶ δὴ νισσομένοισι μυχὸς διεφαίνετο Πόντου, καὶ δὴ Καυκασίων ὀρέων ἀνέτελλον ἐρίπναι ἠλίβατοι, τόθι γυῖα περὶ στυφελοῖσι πάγοισιν ἰλλόμενος χαλκέῃσιν ἀλυκτοπέδῃσι Προμηθεὺς 1250αἰετὸν ἥπατι φέρβε παλιμπετὲς ἀίσσοντα. τὸν μὲν ἐπ᾿ ἀκροτάτης ἴδον ἕσπερον ὀξέι ῥοίζῳ νηὸς ὑπερπτάμενον νεφέων σχεδόν· ἀλλὰ καὶ ἔμπης

Argonautica: Book 2

Thus they addressed one another in turn until, once again replenished by a meal, they went to sleep.

And when they arose at dawn, a fresh breeze was blowing. They hoisted the sail, which stretched taut under the rush of the wind, and they soon left behind the island of Ares. The following night they passed the island of Philyra. It was there that Uranus’ son Cronus—when he ruled over the Titans on Olympus and Zeus was still being raised in the Cretan cave by the Idaean Curetes—deceived Rhea and lay with Philyra. When the goddess surprised them in the midst of their lovemaking, he leapt out of bed and ran off in the form of a long-maned horse. Out of shame, Philyra, Ocean’s daughter, left that region and its dwellings and came to the high mountains of the Pelasgians,104 where she bore prodigious Cheiron, partly like a horse and partly like a god, because of the alteration during intercourse.

From there they sailed past the Macrones, the vast land of the Becheirians, the savage Sapeires, and, beyond them, the Byzeres, for they were ever plowing their way rapidly, borne on by a gentle wind. And then, as they proceeded, the end of the Black Sea came into view, and then, rising above the horizon were the steep cliffs of the Caucasus mountains, where Prometheus, his limbs bound fast to the hard cliffs by unbreakable bronze bonds, fed his liver to an eagle ever flying back to him. They saw it at dusk flying with a loud whirr above the top of the ship near the clouds,

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.apollonius_rhodes-argonautica.2009