Clement of Alexandria, Exhortation to the Greeks

LCL 92: 2-3

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Clement of Alexandria




Ἀμφίων ὁ Θηβαῖος καὶ Ἀρίων ὁ Μηθυμναῖος ἄμφω μὲν ἤστην ᾠδικώ, μῦθος δὲ ἄμφω· καὶ τὸ ᾆσμα εἰσέτι τοῦτο Ἑλλήνων ᾄδεται | χορῷ, τέχνῃ 2 P. τῇ μουσικῇ ὁ μὲν ἰχθὺν δελεάσας, ὁ δὲ Θήβας τειχίσας. Θρᾴκιος δὲ ἄλλος σοφιστὴς (ἄλλος οὗτος μῦθος Ἑλληνικός) ἐτιθάσευε τὰ θηρία γυμνῇ τῇ ᾠδῇ καὶ δὴ τὰ δένδρα, τὰς φηγούς, μετεφύτευε τῇ μουσικῇ. ἔχοιμ᾿ ἄν σοι καὶ ἄλλον τούτοις ἀδελφὸν διηγήσασθαι μῦθον καὶ ᾠδόν, Εὔνομον τὸν Λοκρὸν καὶ τέττιγα τὸν Πυθικόν. πανήγυρις Ἑλληνικὴ ἐπὶ νεκρῷ δράκοντι συνεκροτεῖτο Πυθοῖ, ἐπιτάφιον ἑρπετοῦ ᾄδοντος Εὐνόμου· ὕμνος ἢ θρῆνος ὄφεως


Exhortation to the Greeks

Clement of Alexandria

The Exhortation to the Greeks


Amphion of Thebes and Arion of Methymna wereMinstrels of legend and their wonderful deeds: Arion Amphion Orpheus both minstrels. Both are celebrated in legend, and to this day the story is sung by a chorus of Greeks how their musical skill enabled the one to lure a fisha and the other to build the walls of Thebes.b There was also a Thracian wizard,c—so runs another Greek legend,—who used to tame wild beasts simply by his song, yes, and to transplant trees, oaks, by music. I can also tell you of another legend and another minstrel akin to these, namely, Eunomus theEunomus and the Pythian grasshopper Locrian and the Pythian grasshopper.d A solemn assembly of Greeks, held in honour of a dead serpent, was gathering at Pytho,e and Eunomus sang a funeral ode for the reptile. Whether his song was a hymn

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.clement_alexandria-exhortation_greeks.1919