Archilochus, Fragments

LCL 259: 76-77

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1–17. Elegi

1 Ath. 14.627c

Ἀρχίλοχος γοῦν ἀγαθὸς ὢν ποιητὴς πρῶτον ἐκαυχήσατο τῷ δύνασθαι μετέχειν τῶν πολιτικῶν ἀγώνων, δεύτερον δὲ ἐμνήσθη τῶν περὶ τὴν ποιητικὴν ὑπαρχόντων αὑτῷ, λέγων·

εἰμὶ δ᾿ ἐγὼ θεράπων μὲν Ἐνυαλίοιο ἄνακτος καὶ Μουσέων ἐρατὸν δῶρον ἐπιστάμενος.

Plut. Phocion 7.6

καὶ γὰρ τῶν ἀνδρῶν ἐκείνων ἕκαστος ἐφαίνετο κατὰ τὸν Ἀρχίλοχον

ἀμφότερον θεράπων μὲν Ἐνυαλίοιο θεοῖο καὶ Μουσέων ἐρατῶν δῶρον ἐπιστάμενος.



1–17. Elegiac Poems

1 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

At any rate Archilochus who was a fine poet boasted first of his ability to participate in civic struggles and mentioned second his talent for poetry, saying:

I am the servant of lord Enyalius1 and skilled in the lovely gift of the Muses.

Plutarch, Life of Phocion

In fact each of these men showed himself to be, in the words of Archilochus,

both a servant of the god Enyalius and skilled in the gift of the lovely Muses.2

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.archilochus-fragments.1999