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

  • 1The name of one of the first victors at the Olympic games, according to Pindar. Mantinea is in Arcadia. In one version Halirrhothius is the son of Poseidon, in another the grandson of Aeolus.
  • 2The river at the site of the Olympic games.
  • 3Possibly an error for Semus. The scholia on the Pindaric passage, only parts of which are quoted here, contain much that is confusing and contradictory.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.diphilus_iambic_poet-fragments.1999