Chariton, Callirhoe

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1. Ὡς μὲν οὖν Χαιρέας ὑποπτεύσας Καλλιρόην Διονυσίῳ παραδεδόσθαι, θέλων ἀμύνασθαι βασιλέα πρὸς τὸν Αἰγύπτιον ἀπέστη καὶ ναύαρχος ἀποδειχθεὶς ἐκράτησε τῆς θαλάσσης, νικήσας δὲ κατέσχεν Ἄραδον, ἔνθα βασιλεὺς καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα τὴν ἑαυτοῦ καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν θεραπείαν ἀπέθετο καὶ Καλλιρόην, ἐν τῷ πρόσθεν λόγῳ δεδήλωται.

2Ἔμελλε δὲ ἔργον ἡ Τύχη πράττειν οὐ μόνον παράδοξον, ἀλλὰ καὶ σκυθρωπόν, ἵνα ἔχων Καλλιρόην Χαιρέας ἀγνοήσῃ καὶ τὰς ἀλλοτρίας γυναῖκας ἀναλαβὼν ταῖς τριήρεσιν ἀπ<αγ>άγῃ, μόνην δὲ τὴν ἰδίαν ἐκεῖ καταλίπῃ οὐχ ὡς Ἀριάδνην καθεύδουσαν, οὐδὲ Διονύσῳ νυμφίῳ, λάφυρον δὲ τοῖς ἑαυτοῦ πολεμίοις. 3ἀλλὰ ἔδοξε τό<δε> δεινὸν Ἀφροδίτῃ· ἤδη γὰρ αὐτῷ διηλλάττετο, πρότερον ὀργισθεῖσα χαλεπῶς διὰ τὴν ἄκαιρον ζηλοτυπίαν, ὅτι δῶρον παρ᾿ αὐτῆς λαβὼν τὸ κάλλιστον, οἷον οὐδὲ Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Πάρις, ὕβρισεν εἰς τὴν χάριν. ἐπεὶ δὲ καλῶς ἀπελογήσατο τῷ Ἔρωτι


Book 8.1

Book 8

1. How Chaereas, suspecting that Callirhoe had been handed over to Dionysius and desiring to revenge himself on the king, had deserted to the pharaoh; how he had been appointed admiral and gained control of the sea; how after his victory he captured Aradus, where the king had secluded his wife and all her retinue, Callirhoe included: this has been described in the preceding book.1

Fortune was now planning a blow as grim as incredible: though in possession of Callirhoe, Chaereas was to remain ignorant of the fact and, sailing away with other men’s wives aboard his warships, was to leave his wife there alone, not, like Ariadne, asleep, nor for a Dionysus2 to marry, but as booty for his enemies. But Aphrodite thought this excessive; by now she was becoming reconciled to Chaereas, though earlier she had been intensely angered at his intemperate jealousy; for, having received from her the fairest of gifts, surpassing even that3 given to Alexander surnamed Paris,4 he had repaid her favor with

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.chariton-callirhoe.1995