- 18ἔτι κλείουσιν Ω: ἐπικλείουσιν Brunck
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.
- 4The rare term ὑποφήτορες most likely means “interpreters” (cf. A.P. 14.1), but elsewhere Apollonius consistently portrays the Muses as the originators of his songs (cf. 3.1–5; 4.984 and 1381–1382).
- 5Orpheus is associated with both Thessaly and Thrace. His birthplace, Pimpleia, is located in Thessalian Pieria (also the Muses’ birthplace; cf. Hesiod, Theogony 53–54). Subsequently, he is said to have ruled at Bistonian (i.e. Thracian) Pieria.
- 6Cheiron was the wise centaur who, according to Pindar (Pythian 4.101–115), educated Jason. He is distinct from the unruly Centaurs, mentioned below at 42 and 60, who were defeated by the Lapithae.