Lasus, Fragments

LCL 476: 308-309

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(b) Athen. 10. 455cd (ii 490 Kaibel)

καὶ ὁ εἰς τὴν Δήμητρα δὲ τὴν ἐν Ἑρμιόνῃ ποιηθεὶς τῷ Λάσῳ ὕμνος ἄσιγμός ἐστιν, ὥς φησιν Ἡρακλείδης ὁ Ποντικὸς ἐν τρίτῳ περὶ μουσικῆς (fr. 161 Wehrli), οὗ ἐστιν ἀρχή·

Δάματρα μέλπω Κόραν τε Κλυμένοι᾿ ἄλοχον.


Aelian. N.A. 7. 47 (ii 162 Scholfield)

ἔοικε δὲ καὶ τὰ τῶν λυγκῶν ἔκγονα ὁμοίως (sc. σκύμνοι) ὀνομάζεσθαι· ἐν γοῦν τοῖς Λάσου λεγομένοις Διθυράμβοις οὕτως εὑρίσκεται ⟦σκύμνος del. Hercher⟧ εἰρημένον τὸ βρέφος τὸ τῆς λυγκός.

v. Ar. Byz. fr. 175 Slater


Athen. 10. 455c (ii 490 Kaibel)

ταῦτα (sc. Pind. fr. 70b. 1–3 Snell) σημειώσαιτ᾿ ἄν τις πρὸς τοὺς νοθεύοντας Λάσου τοῦ Ἑρμιονέως τὴν ἄσιγμον ᾠδὴν ἥτις ἐπιγράφεται Κένταυροι.



(b) Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner1

The hymn to Demeter of Hermione composed by Lasus is also asigmatic,2 as Heraclides of Pontus reports in Book 3 of his treatise, On Music3; it begins

I sing of Demeter and the Maiden, wife of Clymenus.


Aelian, On the Nature of Animals

The young of lynxes also seem to be called σκύμνοι (‘cubs’); at any rate in the so-called2 Dithyrambs of Lasus we find the baby lynx3 given this name.

704 The Centaurs

Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

One might point out these lines (sc. Pindar’s Dithyramb for the Thebans 1–31) to those who reject as spurious the asigmatic2 ode of Lasus of Hermione entitled ‘The Centaurs’.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.lasus-fragments.1991