Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica

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Apollonius Rhodius

Δάκτυλοι Ἰδαῖοι Κρηταιέες, οὕς ποτε νύμφη 1130Ἀγχιάλη Δικταῖον ἀνὰ σπέος ἀμφοτέρῃσιν δραξαμένη γαίης Οἰαξίδος ἐβλάστησεν. πολλὰ δὲ τήν γε λιτῇσιν ἀποστρέψαι ἐριώλας Αἰσονίδης γουνάζετ᾿ ἐπιλλείβων ἱεροῖσιν αἰθομένοις· ἄμυδις δὲ νέοι Ὀρφῆος ἀνωγῇ 1135σκαίροντες βηταρμὸν ἐνόπλιον ὠρχήσαντο, καὶ σάκεα ξιφέεσσιν ἐπέκτυπον, ὥς κεν ἰωὴ δύσφημος πλάζοιτο δι᾿ ἠέρος, ἣν ἔτι λαοὶ κηδείῃ βασιλῆος ἀνέστενον. ἔνθεν ἐσαιεὶ ῥόμβῳ καὶ τυπάνῳ Ῥείην Φρύγες ἱλάσκονται. 1140ἡ δέ που εὐαγέεσσιν ἐπὶ φρένα θῆκε θυηλαῖς ἀνταίη δαίμων, τὰ δ᾿ ἐοικότα σήματ᾿ ἔγεντο. δένδρεα μὲν καρπὸν χέον ἄσπετον, ἀμφὶ δὲ ποσσὶν αὐτομάτη φύε γαῖα τερείνης ἄνθεα ποίης· θῆρες δ᾿ εἰλυούς τε κατὰ ξυλόχους τε λιπόντες 1145οὐρῇσιν σαίνοντες ἐπήλυθον. ἡ δὲ καὶ ἄλλο θῆκε τέρας· ἐπεὶ οὔ τι παροίτερον ὕδατι νᾶεν Δίνδυμον, ἀλλά σφιν τότ᾿ ἀνέβραχε διψάδος αὔτως ἐκ κορυφῆς ἄλληκτον· Ἰησονίην δ᾿ ἐνέπουσιν κεῖνο ποτὸν κρήνην περιναιέται ἄνδρες ὀπίσσω. 1150καὶ τότε μὲν δαῖτ᾿ ἀμφὶ θεᾶς θέσαν οὔρεσιν Ἄρκτων, μέλποντες Ῥείην πολυπότνιαν· αὐτὰρ ἐς ἠῶ ληξάντων ἀνέμων νῆσον λίπον εἰρεσίῃσιν. ἔνθ᾿ ἔρις ἄνδρα ἕκαστον ἀριστήων ὀρόθυνεν,
  • 1135ὠρχήσαντο Ω: εἱλίσσοντο Et. Magn. et Et. Gen.
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Argonautica: Book 1

bore the Dactyls in the Dictaean cave while clutching the ground of Oaxus with both hands.117 Jason supplicated the goddess with many prayers to turn away the tempest, as he poured libations on the blazing sacrifices. At the same time, upon Orpheus’ command, the young men leapt as they danced the dance-in-armor and beat their shields with their swords, so that any ill-omened cry of grief, which the people were still sending up in lament for their king, would be lost in the air. Since then, the Phrygians have always propitiated Rhea with rhombus and tambourine.118 The amenable goddess evidently paid heed to their holy sacrifices, for fitting signs appeared. The trees shed fruit in abundance, and at their feet the earth spontaneously sprouted flowers in the tender grass; wild animals left their dens and lairs and approached, wagging their tails. And she performed yet another miracle, for water had never before flowed on Dindymum, but then, just like that, it gushed forth for them without cease from the arid peak. The neighboring peoples have since then called that water Jason’s spring. Then they held a feast in honor of the goddess on Bear mountain and hymned Rhea, the much-revered mistress. But at dawn when the winds had abated, they rowed away from the island.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.apollonius_rhodes-argonautica.2009