Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica

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Apollonius Rhodius

νῆα μὲν οὖν οἱ πρόσθεν ἔτι κλείουσιν ἀοιδοὶ Ἄργον Ἀθηναίης καμέειν ὑποθημοσύνῃσιν. 20νῦν δ᾿ ἂν ἐγὼ γενεήν τε καὶ οὔνομα μυθησαίμην ἡρώων, δολιχῆς τε πόρους ἁλός, ὅσσα τ᾿ ἔρεξαν πλαζόμενοι· Μοῦσαι δ᾿ ὑποφήτορες εἶεν ἀοιδῆς. πρῶτά νυν Ὀρφῆος μνησώμεθα, τόν ῥά ποτ᾿ αὐτὴ Καλλιόπη Θρήικι φατίζεται εὐνηθεῖσα 25Οἰάγρῳ σκοπιῆς Πιμπληίδος ἄγχι τεκέσθαι. αὐτὰρ τόν γ᾿ ἐνέπουσιν ἀτειρέας οὔρεσι πέτρας θέλξαι ἀοιδάων ἐνοπῇ ποταμῶν τε ῥέεθρα· φηγοὶ δ᾿ ἀγριάδες, κείνης ἔτι σήματα μολπῆς, ἀκτῇ Θρηικίῃ Ζώνης ἔπι τηλεθόωσαι 30ἑξείης στιχόωσιν ἐπήτριμοι, ἃς ὅ γ᾿ ἐπιπρὸ θελγομένας φόρμιγγι κατήγαγε Πιερίηθεν. Ὀρφέα μὲν δὴ τοῖον ἑῶν ἐπαρωγὸν ἀέθλων Αἰσονίδης Χείρωνος ἐφημοσύνῃσι πιθήσας δέξατο, Πιερίῃ Βιστωνίδι κοιρανέοντα. 35ἤλυθε δ᾿ Ἀστερίων αὐτοσχεδόν, ὅν ῥα Κομήτης γείνατο, δινήεντος ἐφ᾿ ὕδασιν Ἀπιδανοῖο Πειρεσιὰς ὄρεος Φυλληίου ἀγχόθι ναίων, ἔνθα μὲν Ἀπιδανός τε μέγας καὶ δῖος Ἐνιπεὺς ἄμφω συμφορέονται ἀπόπροθεν εἰς ἓν ἰόντες.
  • 18ἔτι κλείουσιν Ω: ἐπικλείουσιν Brunck
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Argonautica: Book 1

As for the ship, the songs of former bards still tell how Argus built it according to Athena’s instructions. But now I wish to relate the lineage and names of the heroes, their journeys on the vast sea, and all they did as they wandered; and may the Muses be inspirers4 of my song.

First then let us mention Orpheus, whom, it is said, Calliope herself once bore near the peak of Pimpleia, after making love to Thracian Oeagrus. And he, they say, charmed the hard boulders on the mountains and the course of rivers with the sound of his songs. And the wild oak trees, signs still to this day of his singing, flourish on the Thracian shore of Zone where they stand in dense, orderly rows, the ones he led forth down from Pieria, charmed by his lyre.5 Such then was Orpheus, whom Jason, in obedience to Cheiron’s behests,6 welcomed as a helper in his trials, Orpheus, ruler of Bistonian Pieria.

Asterion came immediately, whom Cometes fathered by the waters of the swirling Apidanus, when he dwelt at Peiresiae near the Phylleian mountain, where the mighty Apidanus and glorious Enipeus join their two streams, after coming together from afar.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.apollonius_rhodes-argonautica.2009