Fragmenta Prosae Orationis

193–203 Fragmenta Certis Libris Tributa

Ἱστορικὰ ὑπομνήματα

193 Aelian, NA 17.28

Εὐφορίων δὲ ἐν τοῖς Ὑπομνήμασι λέγει τὴν Σάμον ἐν τοῖς παλαιτάτοις χρόνοις ἐρήμην γενέσθαι· φανῆναι γὰρ ἐν αὐτῇ θηρία μεγέθει μὲν μέγιστα, ἄγρια δέ, καὶ προσπελάσαι τῳ δεινά, καλεῖσθαί γε μὴν νηάδας. ἅπερ οὖν καὶ μόνῃ τῇ βοῇ ῥηγνύναι τὴν γῆν. παροιμίαν οὖν ἐν τῇ Σάμῳ διαρρεῖν τὴν λέγουσαν “μεῖζον βοᾷ τῶν νηάδων.” ὀστᾶ δὲ ἔτι καὶ νῦν αὐτῶν δείκνυσθαι μεγάλα ὁ αὐτός φησι.

194 Athen. Deipn. 4.154 c

Εὐφορίων δ᾿ ὁ Χαλκιδεὺς ἐν ἱστορικοῖς ὑπομνήμασιν οὕτω γράφει· “παρὰ δὲ τοῖς Ῥωμαίοις προτίθεσθαι πέντε μνᾶς τοῖς ὑπομένειν βουλομένοις τὴν κεφαλὴν ἀποκοπῆναι πελέκει, ὥστε τοὺς κληρονόμους κομίσασθαι τὸ ἆθλον· καὶ πολλάκις ἀπογραφομένους πλείους


Prose Fragments

193–203 Fragments of Known Location

Historical Commentaries

193 Aelian, On the Nature of Animals

In his Commentaries, Euphorion says that in the remotest past Samos was uninhabited. For there had appeared in it wild beasts that were enormous in bulk and of such savagery that it was dangerous for anyone to approach them. They were called nēades, and were able to create fissures in the earth through their cries alone. As a result there is in Samos a proverb that runs: “He shouts louder than the nēades.” The same writer reports that even now their bones can be seen, and they are very large.1

194 Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae

In his Historical Commentaries, Euphorion of Chalcis writes as follows: “Among the Romans, five minae are offered to anyone willing to have his head cut off with an axe, provided that the heirs get the prize. Often several people

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.euphorion_chalcis-prose_fragments.2010