ταρφέες ἀφλοισμῷ  [.. 5οἱ δ᾿ ὄπιθεν λασίῃ ὑπὸ γαστέρι πεπ[τηῶτες] οὐραῖοι λιχμῶντο περὶ πλευρῇσι δ[κοντες,] ἐν καί οἱ βλεφάροις κυάνω ἠστράπτε [ὄσσε. ἦ που θερμάστραις ἤ που Μελιγουνίδι τοῖαι μαρμαρυγαί, αἴρῃσιν ὅτε ῥήσσοιτο σίδηρος, 10ἠέρ᾿ ἀναθρῴσκουσι (βοᾷ δ᾿ εὐήλατος ἄκμων), ἢ Αἴτνην ψολόεσσαν, ἐναύλιον Ἀστερόποιο. ἵκετο μὴν Τίρυνθα παλιγκότῳ Εὐρυσθῆι ζωὸς ὑπὲξ Ἀίδαο δυώδεκα λοῖσθος ἀέθλων· καί μιν ἐνὶ τριόδοισι πολυκρίθοιο Μιδείης 15ταρβαλέαι σὺν παισὶν ἐθηήσαντο γυναῖκες.

7 κυάνω van Groningen: κυάνῳ Schubart-Wilamowitz [ὄσσε suppl. Schubart 11 cit. ap. Σ Nic. 288, p. 132.5 Crugnola Αἴτνῃ ψολοέσσῃ Sitzler

72 Eustath. ad Dion. Perieg. 558, GGM ii. p. 325a42 Müller

ᾄδεται δὲ Ἡρακλῆς εἰς αὐτὴν (sc. Ἐρύθειαν) πλεύσας χαλκῷ λέβητι, ὅτε καὶ τὰς Γηρυονείους ἀπήλασε βοῦς

χαλκείῃ ἀκάτῳ βουπληθέος ἐξ Ἐρυθείης,

ὡς ὁ Εὐφορίων λέγεται ἱστορεῖν.


Thick (droplets?) with foam And lurking under his97 shaggy belly behind him[5] The serpents of his tail licked round his ribs, And in their lids his eyes flashed out blue-black. Such flashes from the furnaces, perhaps In Meligounis,98 when the hammer smites the iron, Dart through the air (and the much-pounded anvil[10] groans aloud) Or sooty Etna, resting-place of Asteropus.99 To Tiryns, to Eurystheus in his spite, He came alive from Hades: last of twelve ordeals. And at the cross-roads of Midea,100 rich in barley, The frightened women watched him with their sons.[15]

72 Eustathius on Dionysius the Periegete

Heracles is celebrated as having sailed to it [Erythea] in a bronze cauldron, when he drove off the cattle of Geryon

In a light bronze vessel, from ox-rich Erythea

as Euphorion is said to relate.101

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.euphorion_chalcis-poetic_fragments.2010