Hermippus, Iambic Fragments

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Iambic Poetry


1–3 Trimetri

1 Schol. Ar. Pl. 701 (p. 162 Massa Positano), “Ἰασώ”

ἐπεὶ καὶ Ἕρμιππος ἐν τῷ πρώτῳ ἰάμβῳ τῶν τριμέτρων Ἀσκληπιοῦ καὶ Λαμπετίας τῆς Ἡλίου λέγει Μαχάονα καὶ Ποδαλείριον καὶ Ἰασὼ καὶ Πανάκειαν καὶ Αἴγλην νεωτάτην. ἔνιοι δὲ προστιθέασιν Ἰανίσκον καὶ Ἀλεξήνορα.

2 Ath. 3.76c

λευκερινεὸς δέ τι εἶδός ἐστι συκῆς, καὶ ἴσως αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ τὰ λευκὰ σῦκα φέρουσα. μνημονεύει δὲ αὐτῆς Ἕρμιππος ἐν ἰάμβοις οὕτως·

τὰς λευκερινεὼς δὲ χωρὶς ἰσχάδας.

λευκερινεὼ vel -ὼν (gen. sing. / pl.) tent. West




Hermippus is best known as an Athenian comic poet active in the latter part of the fifth century. For this aspect of his career see the 10 testimonia and 94 fragments in vol. 5, pp. 561–604, of Poetae Comici Graeci. 1–3 Iambic Trimeters

1 Scholiast on Aristophanes, Plutus (“Iaso”)

For Hermippus says in the first iambic poem of his trimeters that the children of Asclepius and Lampetia, daughter of Helius, were Machaon, Podalirius, Iaso, Panacea, and as the youngest Aegle. Some add Ianiscus and Alexenor.

2 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

Λευκερινεός is a kind of fig tree, and this is perhaps the one that produces white figs. Hermippus mentions it in his iambics as follows:

and separately the dried white figs

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hermippus-iambic_fragments.1999