Greek Lyric



740 Argum. Soph. Antig. (Σαλουστίου ὑπόθεσις) (Jebb, Antig. p. 5)

στασιάζεται δὲ τὰ περὶ τὴν ἡρωίδα ἱστορούμενα καὶ τὴν ἀδελφὴν αὐτῆς Ἰσμήνην· ὁ μὲν γὰρ Ἴων ἐν τοῖς Διθυράμβοις καταπρησθῆναί φησιν ἀμφοτέρας ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ τῆς Ἥρας ὑπὸ Λαοδάμαντος (Brunck: Λαομέδοντος codd.) τοῦ Ἐτεοκλέους.

741 Schol. Ap. Rhod. 1. 1165c (p. 106 Wendel)

καὶ Ἴων φησὶν ἐν διθυράμβῳ ἐκ μὲν τοῦ πελάγους αὐτὸν (sc. τὸν Αἰγαίωνα) παρακληθέντα ὑπὸ Θέτιδος ἀναχθῆναι φυλάξοντα τὸν Δία· Θαλάσσης δὲ παῖδα.


Ion Of Chios

Ion of Chios


740–746A are from Ion’s lyric poetry: 740, 741 and 745 are from dithyrambs, 742 from his hymn to Opportunity, 743 from an encomium.

740 Sallustius’ introduction to Sophocles, Antigone

There is discrepancy in the stories told of the heroine and her sister Ismene. Ion in his Dithyrambs says they were both burned to death in Hera’s temple by Laodamas, 1 son of Eteocles.

741 Scholiast on Apollonius of Rhodes (‘the great cairn of Aegaeon’)

Ion says in a dithyramb that Aegaeon 1 was summoned from the ocean by Thetis and taken up to protect Zeus, 2 and that he was the son of Thalassa (Sea). 3

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.ion_chios-lyric_fragments.1992