Licymnius, Fragments

LCL 144: 36-37

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770Stob. 1. 49 (περὶ ψυχῆς) 50 (i 418 Wachsmuth)

Πορφυρίου ἐκ τῶν περὶ Στυγός·

. . . Ἀχέροντα μὲν διὰ τὰ ἄχη, ὡς καὶ Μελανιππίδης (fr. 759)· ἐπεὶ καὶ Λικύμνιός φησι·

(a) μυρίαις παγαῖς δακρύων ἀχέων τε βρύει,

καὶ πάλιν

(b) Ἀχέρων ἄχεα πορθμεύει βροτοῖσιν.

(a) Grotius: πάσαις codd. <Ἀχέρων> ἀχέων ci. Grotius

771 Athen. 13. 564cd (iii 244 Kaibel)

Λικύμνιος δ᾿ ὁ Χῖος τὸν Ὕπνον φήσας ἐρᾶν τοῦ Ἐνδυμίωνος οὐδὲ καθεύδοντος αὐτοῦ κατακαλύπτει τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς, ἀλλὰ ἀναπεπταμένων τῶν βλεφάρων κοιμίζει τὸν ἐρώμενον ὅπως διὰ παντὸς ἀπολαύῃ τῆς τοῦ θεωρεῖν ἡδονῆς. λέγει δ᾿ οὕτως·

Ὕπνος δὲ χαίρων ὀμμάτων αὐγαῖς, ἀναπεπταμένοις ὄσσοις ἐκοίμιζεν κόρον.

3 Fiorillo: κοῦρον codd.

772 Parthen. ἐρωτ. παθ. 22 (Myth. Gr. ii 38 Sakolowski)

περὶ Νανίδος. ἡ ἱστορία παρὰ Λικυμνίῳ τῷ Χίῳ μελοποιῷ καὶ Ἑρμησιάνακτι (fr. 6 Powell). ἔφασαν δέ τινες καὶ τὴν Σαρδίων ἀκρόπολιν ὑπὸ Κύρου τοῦ Περσῶν βασιλέως ἁλῶναι προδούσης τῆς Κροίσου θυγατρὸς Νανίδος. ἐπειδὴ γὰρ ἐπολιόρκει Σάρδεις Κῦρος καὶ οὐδὲν αὐτῷ εἰς ἅλωσιν τῆς πόλεως προὔβαινεν, ἐν πολλῷ τε δέει ἦν μὴ ἀθροισθὲν τὸ συμμαχικὸν αὐτῆς τῷ Κροίσῳ διαλύσειεν αὐτῷ τὴν στρατιάν, τότε τὴν παρθένον ταύτην εἶχε λόγος περὶ προδοσίας συνθεμένην τῷ Κύρῳ, εἰ κατὰ νόμους Περσῶν ἕξει



770 Stobaeus, Anthology

From Porphyry, On the Styx

. . . They named the Acheron for its pains (achē): cf. Melanippides (fr. 759). Licymnius also says of it,

(a) in ten thousand streams it gushes with tears and pains;

and again

(b) the Acheron carries pains for mortals.

771 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner (on the loved one’s eyes)

Licymnius of Chios says that Sleep loves Endymion and does not close the eyes of his beloved boy even while he is asleep, but lulls him to rest with eyes wide open so that he may without interruption enjoy the pleasure of gazing at them. His words are:

And Sleep, rejoicing in the rays of his eyes, would lull the boy to rest with eyes wide open.

772 Parthenius, Love-stories

The story of Nanis, told by the lyric poet Licymnius of Chios and by Hermesianax

Some have said that the acropolis of Sardis was captured by Cyrus, king of the Persians, as the result of the treachery of Nanis, daughter of Croesus. Cyrus was besieging the city and failing completely to capture it, and he was terrified that its allies might rally to Croesus and destroy his army; at this point, so the story went, the girl Nanis reached an agreement with Cyrus that she would betray the city to him if he took her as his wife in accordance with the laws of the Persians, and with the help of

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.licymnius-fragments.1993