Chariton, Callirhoe

LCL 481: 322-323

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1. Πάντων δὲ ἐξιόντων μετὰ βασιλέως ἐπὶ τὸν πόλεμον τὸν πρὸς τοὺς Αἰγυπτίους Χαιρέᾳ παρήγγειλεν οὐδείς· βασιλέως γὰρ δοῦλος οὐκ ἦν, ἀλλὰ τότε μόνος ἐν Βαβυλῶνι ἐλεύθερος. ἔχαιρε δὲ ἐλπίζων ὅτι καὶ Καλλιρόη μένει. τῆς οὖν ὑστεραίας ἦλθεν ἐπὶ τὰ 2βασίλεια, ζητῶν τὴν γυναῖκα. κεκλεισμένα δὲ ἰδὼν καὶ πολλοὺς ἐπὶ θύραις τοὺς φυλάσσοντας περιῄει τὴν πόλιν ὅλην ἐξερευνώμενος καὶ συνεχῶς καθάπερ ἐμμανὴς Πολυχάρμου τοῦ φίλου πυνθανόμενος “Καλλιρόη δὲ ποῦ; τί γέγονεν; οὐ δήπου γὰρ καὶ αὐτὴ στρατεύεται.”

3Μὴ εὑρὼν δὲ Καλλιρόην ἐζήτει Διονύσιον τὸν ἀντεραστὴν καὶ ἧκεν ἐπὶ τὴν οἰκίαν τὴν ἐκείνου. προῆλθεν οὖν τις ὥσπερ οἰκουρὸς καὶ εἶπεν ἅπερ ἦν δεδιδαγμένος. θέλων γὰρ ὁ Διονύσιος ἀπελπίσαι Χαιρέαν τὸν Καλλιρόης γάμον καὶ μηκέτι μένειν τὴν δίκην, 4ἐπενόησέ τι στρατήγημα τοιοῦτον. ἐξιὼν ἐπὶ τὴν μάχην κατέλιπε τὸν ἀπαγγελοῦντα πρὸς Χαιρέαν ὅτι βασιλεὺς ὁ Περσῶν χρείαν ἔχων συμμάχων πέπομφε Διονύσιον ἀθροῖσαι στρατιὰν ἐπὶ τὸν Αἰγύπτιον καί,


Book 7.1

Book 7

1. When everyone accompanied the king to the war against the Egyptians, Chaereas was given no orders, for he was not the king’s slave, but at that moment the only free person in Babylon. He was glad of this, supposing that Callirhoe was also remaining behind. So the next day he came to the palace in search of his wife. Seeing it shut and many guards at the gates, he went about the whole city searching, and like one possessed kept asking his friend Polycharmus, “Where is Callirhoe? What has become of her? Surely she, too, has not taken the field?”

Not finding Callirhoe, he looked for his rival Dionysius, and went to his house; someone purporting to be a housekeeper came out and told the story he had been primed with. Dionysius had in fact devised the following scheme, desiring Chaereas to give up hopes of regaining Callirhoe and no longer wait for the trial. When he started out for battle, he had left someone behind to tell Chaereas that the king of Persia, having need of allies, had sent Dionysius to raise an army against the pharaoh,1 and that he had

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.chariton-callirhoe.1995