Chariton, Callirhoe

LCL 481: 230-231

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1. Ὡς μὲν ἐγαμήθη Καλλιρόη Χαιρέᾳ, καλλίστη γυναικῶν ἀνδρῶν καλλίστῳ, πολιτευσαμένης Ἀφροδίτης τὸν γάμον, καὶ ὡς δι᾿ ἐρωτικὴν ζηλοτυπίαν Χαιρέου πλήξαντος αὐτὴν ἔδοξε τεθνάναι, ταφεῖσαν δὲ πολυτελῶς εἶτα ἀνανήψασαν ἐν τῷ τάφῳ τυμβωρύχοι νυκτὸς ἐξήγαγον ἐκ Σικελίας, πλεύσαντες δὲ εἰς Ἰωνίαν ἐπώλησαν Διονυσίῳ, καὶ τὸν ἔρωτα τὸν Διονυσίου καὶ τὴν Καλλιρόης πρὸς Χαιρέαν πίστιν καὶ τὴν ἀνάγκην τοῦ γάμου διὰ τὴν γαστέρα καὶ τὴν Θήρωνος ὁμολογίαν καὶ Χαιρέου πλοῦν ἐπὶ ζήτησιν τῆς γυναικὸς ἅλωσίν τε αὐτοῦ καὶ πρᾶσιν εἰς Καρίαν 2μετὰ Πολυχάρμου τοῦ φίλου, καὶ ὡς Μιθριδάτης ἐγνώρισε Χαιρέαν μέλλοντα ἀποθνήσκειν καὶ ὡς ἔσπευδεν ἀλλήλοις ἀποδοῦναι τοὺς ἐρῶντας, φωράσας δὲ τοῦτο Διονύσιος ἐξ ἐπιστολῶν διέβαλεν αὐτὸν πρὸς Φαρνάκην, ἐκεῖνος δὲ πρὸς βασιλέα, βασιλεὺς δὲ ἀμφοτέρους ἐκάλεσεν ἐπὶ τὴν κρίσιν—ταῦτα ἐν τῷ πρόσθεν λόγῳ δεδήλωται· τὰ δὲ ἑξῆς νῦν διηγήσομαι.


Book 5.1

Book 5

1. How Callirhoe, the most beautiful of women, married Chaereas, the handsomest of men, through the management of Aphrodite; how, when Chaereas struck her in a lover’s fit of jealousy, she apparently died and then, after a sumptuous funeral, returned to consciousness in the tomb; how next grave robbers carried her away from Sicily by night and, sailing to Ionia, sold her to Dionysius; after that, the love of Dionysius and the fidelity of Callirhoe to Chaereas; the compulsion to marry because of her pregnancy; the confession of Theron and the voyage of Chaereas in search of his wife; how he was captured, sold, and taken to Caria with his friend Polycharmus; how Mithridates identified Chaereas on the point of death and endeavored to restore the lovers to each other; how Dionysius, discovering this from letters, denounced him to Pharnaces, and he to the king; and how the king summoned them both to trial: all this has been set forth in the preceding account.1 I shall now relate what happened next.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.chariton-callirhoe.1995