Diphilus (Iambic Poet), Fragments

LCL 259: 526-527

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1a Schol. ad Pind. Ol. 10.83b (i.332.10 Dr.), “ἀν᾿ ἵπποισι δὲ τέτρασιν ἀπὸ Μαντινέας Σᾶμ(ος) Ἁλιρροθίου”

Σῆμον δέ τινα νῦν νενικηκέναι ἅρματι, ὥς φησι Δίφιλος ὁ τὴν Θησηίδα ποιήσας ἔν τινι ἰάμβῳ (vv. ll. ἰάμῳ, ἰαμβείῳ) οὕτω·

στρέψας δὲ πώλους ὡς ὁ Μαντινεὺς Σῆμος, ὃς πρῶτος ἅρματ᾿ ἤλασεν παρ᾿ Ἀλφειῷ.

1b Id. 83a (i.331.26 Dr.)

παρατίθεται δὲ καὶ τὸν γράφοντα τὴν Θησηίδα μαρτυροῦντα τῷ ἥρωι τὴν τοῦ ἅρματος ἡνιοχευτικὴν ἀρετήν·

στρωφᾷς δὲ πώλους ὡς ὁ Μαντινεὺς ἥρως.

  • 1 τρέψας, τρέψαν codd., corr. Bergk


1a Scholiast on Pindar, Olympian 10 (“Samos1 from Mantinea, the son of Halirrhothius, won the prize in the four-horse chariot race”)

A certain Semus had won with the chariot, as Diphilus, the author of a Theseis, says in the following iambics:

You wheeled (wheeling?) the horses like Semus from Mantinea who was the first to drive a chariot beside the Alpheus.2

1b Scholiast on the same passage

He (Aristodemus?) cites as evidence the author of a Theseis who attests to the hero’s skill in driving the chariot:

You keep wheeling the horses like the hero3 from Mantinea

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.diphilus_iambic_poet-fragments.1999