Hesiod, The Shield

LCL 503: 2-3

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. . . Ἢ οἵη προλιποῦσα δόμους καὶ πατρίδα γαῖαν ἤλυθεν ἐς Θήβας μετ᾽ ἀρήιον Ἀμφιτρύωνα Ἀλκμήνη, θυγάτηρ λαοσσόου Ἠλεκτρύωνος· ἥ ῥα γυναικῶν φῦλον ἐκαίνυτο θηλυτεράων 5εἴδεΐ τε μεγέθει τε· νόον γε μὲν οὔ τις ἔριζε τάων ἃς θνηταὶ θνητοῖς τέκον εὐνηθεῖσαι. τῆς καὶ ἀπὸ κρῆθεν βλεφάρων τ᾽ ἄπο κυανεάων τοῖον ἄηθ᾽ οἷόν τε πολυχρύσου Ἀφροδίτης. ἣ δὲ καὶ ὣς κατὰ θυμὸν ἑὸν τίεσκεν ἀκοίτην, 10ὡς οὔ πώ τις ἔτισε γυναικῶν θηλυτεράων· ἦ μέν οἱ πατέρ᾽ ἐσθλὸν ἀπέκτανε ἶφι δαμάσσας, χωσάμενος περὶ βουσί· λιπὼν δ᾽ ὅ γε πατρίδα γαῖαν ἐς Θήβας ἱκέτευσε φερεσσακέας Καδμείους. ἔνθ᾽ ὅ γε δώματ᾽ ἔναιε σὺν αἰδοίῃ παρακοίτι 15νόσφιν ἄτερ φιλότητος ἐφιμέρου, οὐδέ οἱ ἦεν πρὶν λεχέων ἐπιβῆναι ἐυσφύρου Ἠλεκτρυώνης πρίν γε φόνον τείσαιτο κασιγνήτων μεγαθύμων ἧς ἀλόχου, μαλερῷ δὲ καταφλέξαι πυρὶ κώμας ἀνδρῶν ἡρώων Ταφίων ἰδὲ Τηλεβοάων. 20τὼς γάρ οἱ διέκειτο, θεοὶ δ᾽ ἐπὶ μάρτυροι ἦσαν·

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. . . Or like her:1 leaving behind her houses and her father’s land, she came to Thebes following warlike Amphitryon—Alcmene, the daughter of host-rousing Electryon. She surpassed the tribe of female women in form and in size; and as for her mind, no one could contend with her among those born by mortal women bedded to mortal men. From her head and dark eyes it wafted just as from golden Aphrodite’s. And in her spirit she honored her husband as no other female woman ever yet honored hers. In truth, he had slain her fine father, overpowering him with force, angry on account of oxen; but he left his fatherland and came as a suppliant to Thebes, to the shield-bearing Cadmeans. There he dwelt in mansions with his reverend wife, but without partaking in amorous love at all: for he was not allowed to go up into the bed of Electryon’s fine-ankled daughter until he had avenged the murder of his wife’s great-spirited brothers and burned with ravening fire the villages of the men, the heroes, Taphians and Teleboans. For this was how it was settled for him, and the

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hesiod-shield.2018