Bacchylides, Fragments

LCL 461: 262-263

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fr. 9 Serv. in Verg. Aen. 2. 201 (ii 377s. edit. Harvard.)

sane Bacchylides de Laocoonte et uxore eius vel de serpentibus a Calydnis insulis venientibus atque in homines conversis dicit.

fr. 10 Schol. AB Hom. Il. 12. 292 (i 427, iii 506 Dindorf)

Εὐρώπην τὴν Φοίνικος Ζεὺς θεασάμενος ἔν τινι λειμῶνι μετὰ νυμφῶν ἄνθη ἀναλέγουσαν ἠράσθη, καὶ κατελθὼν ἤλλαξεν ἑαυτὸν εἰς ταῦρον καὶ ἀπὸ τοῦ στόματος κρόκον ἔπνει· οὕτως τε τὴν Εὐρώπην ἀπατήσας ἐβάστασε, καὶ διαπορθμεύσας εἰς Κρήτην ἐμίγη αὐτῇ. εἶθ᾿ οὕτως συνῴκισεν αὐτὴν Ἀστερίωνι τῷ Κρητῶν βασιλεῖ. γενομένη δὲ ἔγκυος ἐκείνη τρεῖς παῖδας ἐγέννησε Μίνωα Σαρπηδόνα καὶ Ῥαδάμανθυν. ἡ ἱστορία παρ᾿ Ἡσιόδῳ (fr. 141 M.-W.) καὶ Βακχυλίδῃ.


frr. 11+ 12 Stob. 4. 44. 16 + 46 (v 962, 969 Hense) (ὅτι δεῖ γενναίως φέρειν τὰ προσπίπτοντα κτλ)

Βακχυλίδου Προσοδίων·

(11)εἷς ὅρος, μία βροτοῖσίν ἐστιν εὐτυχίας ὁδός, θυμὸν εἴ τις ἔχων ἀπενθῆ δύναται διατελεῖν βίον· ὃς δὲ μυρία μὲν ἀμφιπολεῖ φρενί, 5τὸ δὲ παρ᾿ ἆμάρ τε <καὶ> νύκτα μελλόντων χάριν αἰὲν ἰάπτεται κέαρ, ἄκαρπον ἔχει πόνον.

(11) cf. Stob. 3. 1. 12 (iii 6s. Hense), Apostol. 6. 55f (ii 379 Leutsch-Schneidewin) (εἷς . . . βίον) 3 Grotius: οἷς codd. 5 Grotius: παρόμαρτε codd. 6 Boeckh: αονι ἅπτεται codd.


fr. 9 Servius on Virgil (‘Laocoon’)

Bacchylides certainly speaks of Laocoon and his wife and of the serpents coming from the Calydnae islands and turning into men.

fr. 10 Scholiast on Iliad (Sarpedon, son of Zeus)

Zeus caught sight of Europa, daughter of Phoenix, gathering flowers with young girls in a meadow, and fell in love; coming down, he changed himself into a bull and breathed the scent of saffron from his mouth. Tricking Europa by these means he took her on his back, carried her over the sea to Crete and had intercourse with her there. Then he gave her in marriage to Asterion, king of Crete; but she was pregnant and gave birth to three sons, Minos, Sarpedon and Rhadamanthys. The story is in Hesiod 1 and Bacchylides. 2


frr. 11 + 12 1 Stobaeus, Anthology (on the need to bear our lot nobly)

Bacchylides, Processionals

(11) There is one guideline, 2 one path to happiness for mortals: to be able to keep an ungrieving spirit throughout life. The man who busies his mind with a thousand cares, whose heart is hurt day and night for the sake of the future, has fruitless toil.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.bacchylides-fragments.1992