Melanippides, Fragments

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Melanippides

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ΔΑΝΑΪΔΕΣ

757 Athen. 14. 651f (iii 441s. Kaibel)

Μελανιππίδης δ᾿ ὁ Μήλιος ἐν ταῖς Δαναΐσιν φοίνικας τὸν καρπὸν οὕτως ὀνομάζει τὸν λόγον ποιούμενος περὶ αὐτῶν τῶν Δαναΐδων (Dobree: αὐτῶν τῶν γὰρ ἀίδων cod.)·

οὐ γὰρ ἀνθρώπων φόρευν μομφὰν ὄνειδος, οὐδὲ τὰν ὀργὰν γυναικείαν ἔχον, ἀλλ᾿ ἐν ἁρμάτεσσι διφρού- χοις ἐγυμνάζοντ᾿ ἀν᾿ εὐ- ήλι᾿ ἄλσεα πολλάκις θήραις φρένα τερπόμεναι, 5<αἱ δ᾿> ἱερόδακρυν λίβανον εὐώ- δεις τε φοίνικας κασίαν τε ματεῦσαι τέρενα Σύρια σπέρματα

1 Lloyd-Jones: μορφὰν cod. West: ἐνεῖδος cod. 2 West: τὰν αὐτὰν cod., τὰν ἀλκὰν Lloyd-Jones 3 Emperius: ασδεα cod. Page: πολλάκι cod. 4 Porson: θῆρες cod. 5 suppl. Page Emperius: -δακρυ, πατεῦσαι cod. 6 Fiorillo: συρίας τέρματα cod.
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Greek Lyric

Melanippides

Fragments

The Danaids

757 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

Melanippides of Melos in his Danaids calls the fruit of the palm phoinikes (‘dates’) in his passage about the Danaids themselves:

for they did not bear the censure of mankind as a reproach,1 nor did they have a woman’s temperament2: in seated chariots they exercised in the sunny glades, often delighting their hearts in hunting, or again seeking out frankincense with its sacred tears and fragrant dates and the smooth Syrian grains of cassia.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.melanippides-fragments.1993