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Homeric Hymns

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1. ΕΙΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΝ

A (Pap. Genav. 432; lines 2–10 Diod. 3.66.3; lines 9–10 also Diod. 1.15.7, 4.2.4, schol. Ap. Rhod. 2.1211)

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  • A2 σ᾿ om. pap.
  • 5om. pap. et Diod. codd. pars
  • 6post 3 pap.
  • 9ὄρος pap., Diod.: κέρας schol.
  • 11-14ex Orph. Arg. 1199–1202 restituti
  • 13περιδέδρομε West: -δεδραμε pap.
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1.To Dionysus

Hymns

1. To Dionysus

(A) . . . For some say it was at Drakanos, some on windy Ikaros, some on Naxos, O scion of Zeus, Bull god, and some at Alpheios the deep-swirling river {that Semele conceived and bore you to Zeus whose sport is the thunderbolt}, while others, Lord, say that it was at Thebes you were born. All false! The father of gods and men gave you birth far from humankind, to conceal you from white-armed Hera. There is a place Nysa, a mountain most high, burgeoning with forest, in a distant part of Phoenicia, almost at the waters of the Nile. No one crosses there by ship, for it has no harbor where curly-tipped ships can ride: a steep cliff encloses it all round to a great height. But it grows lovely and delicious things in abundance . . . occupied

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.homeric_hymns_1_dionysus_fragments.2003