285 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner
Ibycus in book 5 of his Songs says of the Molionids
286 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner1
And the man of Rhegium, Ibycus, shouts and screams,
In the spring flourish Cydonian quince-trees, watered from flowing rivers where stands the inviolate garden of the Maidens, and vine-blossoms growing under the shady vine-branches; but for me love rests at no season: like the Thracian north wind blazing with lightning rushing from the Cyprian2 with parching fits of madness, dark and shameless, it powerfully shakes3 my heart from the roots.
- 2Cf. Stes. 256.
- 3In the Iliad (2. 621, 11. 709, 750 ff., 23. 638 ff.) they are Cteatus and Eurytus, twin sons of Poseidon, not Siamese twins (as here and in Hesiod fr. 18 M.–W.) but normal warriors from Elis who fought against Nestor.
- 1The passage follows Alcman 59 and Stes. 276(a): Chamaeleon (quoting Archytas) may be the speaker’s authority here too.
- 2Aphrodite, mother of Eros (Love).
- 3Verb uncertain: perhaps ‘devours my heart completely’.