οὐδ’ ἄρ’ ἔτι Ζεὺς ἴσχεν ἑὸν μένος, ἀλλά νυ τοῦ γε εἶθαρ μὲν μένεος πλῆντο φρένες, ἐκ δέ τε πᾶσαν φαῖνε βίην· ἄμυδις δ’ ἄρ’ ἀπ’ οὐρανοῦ ἠδ’ ἀπ’ Ὀλύμπου 690ἀστράπτων ἔστειχε συνωχαδόν, οἱ δὲ κεραυνοὶ ἴκταρ ἅμα βροντῇ τε καὶ ἀστεροπῇ ποτέοντο χειρὸς ἄπο στιβαρῆς, ἱερὴν φλόγα εἰλυφόωντες, ταρφέες· ἀμφὶ δὲ γαῖα φερέσβιος ἐσμαράγιζε καιομένη, λάκε δ’ ἀμφὶ περὶ μεγάλ’ ἄσπετος ὕλη· 695ἔζεε δὲ χθὼν πᾶσα καὶ Ὠκεανοῖο ῥέεθρα πόντός τ’ ἀτρύγετος· τοὺς δ’ ἄμφεπε θερμὸς ἀυτμὴ Τιτῆνας χθονίους, φλὸξ δ’ αἰθέρα δῖαν ἵκανεν ἄσπετος, ὄσσε δ’ ἄμερδε καὶ ἰφθίμων περ ἐόντων αὐγὴ μαρμαίρουσα κεραυνοῦ τε στεροπῆς τε. 700καῦμα δὲ θεσπέσιον κάτεχεν Χάος· εἴσατο δ’ ἄντα ὀφθαλμοῖσιν ἰδεῖν ἠδ’ οὔασιν ὄσσαν ἀκοῦσαι αὔτως, ὡς ὅτε Γαῖα καὶ Οὐρανὸς εὐρὺς ὕπερθε πίλνατο· τοῖος γάρ κε μέγας ὑπὸ δοῦπος ὀρώρει, τῆς μὲν ἐρειπομένης, τοῦ δ’ ὑψόθεν ἐξεριπόντος· 705τόσσος δοῦπος ἔγεντο θεῶν ἔριδι ξυνιόντων. σὺν δ’ ἄνεμοι ἔνοσίν τε κονίην τ’ ἐσφαράγιζον βροντήν τε στεροπήν τε καὶ αἰθαλόεντα κεραυνόν, κῆλα Διὸς μεγάλοιο, φέρον δ’ ἰαχήν τ’ ἐνοπήν τε ἐς μέσον ἀμφοτέρων· ὄτοβος δ’ ἄπλητος ὀρώρει 710σμερδαλέης ἔριδος, κάρτευς δ’ ἀνεφαίνετο ἔργον.

  • 694 περὶ West: πυρὶ Π29 codd.
  • 697 αἰθέρα Naber: ἠέρα codd. Σ
  • 703 πίλναντο a
  • 710 κάρτευς . . . ἔργον West: κάρτος . . . ἔρ⌊γων Π19, codd.


(687) Then Zeus no longer held back his strength, but at once his breast was filled with strength and he manifested his full force. He strode at the same time from the sky and from Olympus, relentlessly hurling lightning bolts, and the thunderbolts, driving forward a sacred flame, flew densely packed, together with the thunder and lightning, all at once from his massive hand. All around, the life-giving earth roared as it burned, and all around the great immense forest crackled; the whole earth boiled, and the streams of Ocean and the barren sea. The hot blast encompassed the earthly Titans, and an immense blaze reached the divine aether, and the brilliant gleam of the lightning bolt and flash blinded their eyes, powerful though they were. A prodigious conflagration took possession of Chasm; and to look upon it with eyes and to hear its sound with ears, it seemed just as when Earth and broad Sky approached from above:38 for this was the kind of great sound that would rise up as she was pressed down and as he pressed her down from on high—so great a sound was produced as the gods ran together in strife. At the same time, the winds noisily stirred up shuddering and dust and thunder and lightning and the blazing thunderbolt, the shafts of great Zeus, and they brought shouting and screaming into the middle between both sides. An immense din of terrifying strife rose up, and the deed of supremacy was made manifest.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hesiod-theogony.2018