Hesiod, Theogony

LCL 57: 14-15

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γείνατο δ’ αὖ Κύκλωπας ὑπέρβιον ἦτορ ἔχοντας, 140Βρόντην τε Στερόπην τε καὶ Ἄργην ὀβριμόθυμον, οἳ Ζηνὶ βροντήν τ’ ἔδοσαν τεῦξάν τε κεραυνόν. οἱ δ’ ἤτοι τὰ μὲν ἄλλα θεοῖς ἐναλίγκιοι ἦσαν, μοῦνος δ’ ὀφθαλμὸς μέσσῳ ἐνέκειτο μετώπῳ· Κύκλωπες δ’ ὄνομ’ ἦσαν ἐπώνυμον, οὕνεκ’ ἄρά σφεων 145κυκλοτερὴς ὀφθαλμὸς ἕεις ἐνέκειτο μετώπῳ· ἰσχὺς δ’ ἠδὲ βίη καὶ μηχαναὶ ἦσαν ἐπ’ ἔργοις. ἄλλοι δ’ αὖ Γαίης τε καὶ Οὐρανοῦ ἐξεγένοντο τρεῖς παῖδες μεγάλοι <τε> καὶ ὄβριμοι, οὐκ ὀνομαστοί, Κόττος τε Βριάρεώς τε Γύγης θ’, ὑπερήφανα τέκνα. 150τῶν ἑκατὸν μὲν χεῖρες ἀπ’ ὤμων ἀίσσοντο, ἄπλαστοι, κεφαλαὶ δὲ ἑκάστῳ πεντήκοντα ἐξ ὤμων ἐπέφυκον ἐπὶ στιβαροῖσι μέλεσσιν· ἰσχὺς δ’ ἄπλητος κρατερὴ μεγάλῳ ἐπὶ εἴδει. ὅσσοι γὰρ Γαίης τε καὶ Οὐρανοῦ ἐξεγένοντο 155δεινότατοι παίδων, σφετέρῳ δ’ ἤχθοντο τοκῆι ἐξ ἀρχῆς· καὶ τῶν μὲν ὅπως τις πρῶτα γένοιτο, πάντας ἀποκρύπτασκε καὶ ἐς φάος οὐκ ἀνίεσκε Γαίης ἐν κευθμῶνι, κακῷ δ’ ἐπετέρπετο ἔργῳ, Οὐρανός· ἡ δ’ ἐντὸς στοναχίζετο Γαῖα πελώρη 160στεινομένη, δολίην δὲ κακὴν ἐπεφράσσατο τέχνην. αἶψα δὲ ποιήσασα γένος πολιοῦ ἀδάμαντος τεῦξε μέγα δρέπανον καὶ ἐπέφραδε παισὶ φίλοισιν·

  • 144-45 damn. Wolf
  • 148 om., in mg. add. L1, post 149 m (hic et Π21)


(139) Then she bore the Cyclopes, who have very violent hearts, Brontes (Thunder) and Steropes (Lightning) and strong-spirited Arges (Bright), those who gave thunder to Zeus and fashioned the thunderbolt. These were like the gods in other regards, but only one eye was set in the middle of their foreheads; and they were called Cyclopes (Circle-eyed) by name, since a single circle-shaped eye was set in their foreheads. Strength and force and contrivances were in their works.

(147) Then from Earth and Sky came forth three more sons, great and strong, unspeakable, Cottus and Briareus and Gyges, presumptuous children. A hundred arms sprang forth from their shoulders, unapproachable, and upon their massive limbs grew fifty heads out of each one’s shoulders; and the mighty strength in their great forms was immense.

(154) For all these, who came forth from Earth and Sky as the most terrible of their children,8 were hated by their own father from the beginning. And as soon as any of them was born, Sky put them all away out of sight in a hiding place in Earth and did not let them come up into the light, and he rejoiced in his evil deed. But huge Earth groaned within, for she was constricted, and she devised a tricky, evil stratagem. At once she created an offspring, of gray adamant, and she fashioned a big sickle and showed it to her own children.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hesiod-theogony.2018