Hegesinous, Atthis

LCL 497: 262-263

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Paus. 9.29.1

θῦσαι δὲ ἐν Ἑλικῶνι Μούσαις πρώτους καὶ ἐπονομάσαι τὸ ὄρος ἱερὸν εἶναι Μουσῶν Ἐφιάλτην καὶ Ὦτον λέγουσιν, οἰκίσαι δὲ αὐτοὺς καὶ Ἄσκρην. καὶ δὴ καὶ Ἡγησίνους ἐπὶ τῶιδε ἐν τῆι Ἀτθίδι ἐποίησεν·

Ἄσκρηι δ᾿ αὖ παρέλεκτο Ποσειδάων ἐνοσίχθων, ἣ δή οἱ τέκε παῖδα περιπλομένων ἐνιαυτῶν Οἴοκλον, ὃς πρῶτος μετ᾿ Ἀλωέος ἔκτισε παίδων Ἄσκρην, ἥ θ᾿ Ἑλικῶνος ἔχει πόδα πιδακόεντα.

ταύτην τοῦ Ἡγησίνου τὴν ποίησιν οὐκ ἐπελεξάμην, ἀλλὰ πρότερον ἄρα ἐκλελοιπυῖα ἦν πρὶν ἢ ἐμὲ γενέσθαι· Κάλλιππος δὲ Κορίνθιος ἐν τῆι ἐς Ὀρχομενίους συγγραφῆι (FGrHist 385 F 1) μαρτύρια ποιεῖται τῶι λόγωι τὰ ἔπη, ὡσαύτως δὲ καὶ ἡμεῖς πεποιήμεθα παρ᾿ αὐτοῦ {Καλλίππου} διδαχθέντες.

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Hegesinous, Atthis

Pausanias, Description of Greece

They say that the first to sacrifice to the Muses on Helicon and to pronounce the mountain to be sacred to the Muses were Ephialtes and Otus; and that they also founded Ascra. And indeed Hegesinous composed verses on this in his Atthis:

As for Ascra, Poseidon the earth-shaker lay with her, and she bore him a son in the course of time: Oioklos, the original founder, with the sons of Aloeus, of Ascra, which occupies Helicon’s well-watered foot.

This poem of Hegesinous I have not read; it had gone out of circulation before my time; but Callippus of Corinth in his work addressed to the Orchomenians quotes the verses in support of his argument, and we have done likewise, as apprised by him.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hegesinous-atthis.2003