Hesiod, Other Fragments

LCL 503: 294-295

Go To Section
Go To Section


Fragments Relating to Heracles (Frr. 187–91)

187 (248, 249 MW; Meg 10, 11 H)

a Anon. Comm. in Arist. Eth. Nic. 3.7 (Comm. in Arist. Graec. XX p. 155.5–7 Heylbut)

Ἡσίοδος . . . ἐν ταῖς μεγάλαις Ἠοίαις τὴν Ἀλκμήνην ποιῶν πρὸς τὸν Ἡρακλέα λέγουσαν·

ὦ τέκος, ἦ μάλα δή σε πονηρότατον καὶ ἄριστον Ζεὺς τέκνωσε πατήρ

b idem (Comm. in Arist. Graec. XX p. 155.7–8 Heylbut)

καὶ πάλιν·

αἱ Μοῖραί σε πονηρότατον καὶ ἄριστον

188 (250 MW) Schol. in Pind. Isthm. 6.53 (III p. 255.19–22 Drachmann)

“τὸν μὲν ἐν ῥινῷ λέοντος στάντα (scil. Ἡρακλέα) κελήσατο (sc. Τελαμών)”· ἴληπται δὲ ἐκ τῶν μεγάλων Ἠοιῶν ἡ ἱστορία· ἐκεῖ γὰρ εὑρίσκεται ἐπιξενούμενος ὁ Ἡρακλῆς τῷ Τελαμῶνι καὶ ἐμβαίνων τῇ δορᾷ καὶ εὐχόμενος οὕτως, καὶ ὁ διόπομπος αἰετός, ἀφ’ οὗ τὴν προσωνυμίαν ἔλαβεν Αἴας.



Fragments Relating to Heracles (Frr. 187–91)

187 Anonymous commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics


Hesiod . . . in the Great Ehoiai has Alcmene say to Heracles,

Oh my child, in very truth you are the most toilsome1 and the best whom father Zeus has begotten


and again:

the Destinies (scil. have made) you the most toilsome1 and the best

188 Scholia on Pindar’s Isthmians

“He (i.e., Telamon) bade him (i.e., Heracles), who was standing in his lion’s skin”: The story is taken from the Great Ehoiai. For there one can find Heracles as Telamon’s guest and standing on a (i.e., lion’s) skin and praying in this way, and the messenger from Zeus, an eagle, from which Ajax took his name.1

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hesiod-other_fragments.2018