Nonnos, Dionysiaca

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ΔΙΟΝΥΣΙΑΚΩΝ ΕΠΤΑΚΑΙΔΕΚΑΤΟΝ

Ἑβδομάτῳ δεκάτῳ πρωτάγριον Ἄρεα μέλπω καὶ ῥόον οἰνωθέντα μελισταγέος ποταμοῖο.

Οὐδὲ φιλακρήτοιο μέθης πεπεδημένον ὕπνῳ ζωγρήσας ἀτίνακτον ἀνουτήτων γένος Ἰνδῶν ληθαίοις Διόνυσος ἐπέτρεπε δῆριν ἀήταις· ἀλλὰ πάλιν Φρύγα θύρσον ἐκούφισεν· ὑψιλόφου γὰρ 5εἰς ἐνοπὴν καλέοντος ἐπείγετο Δηριαδῆος, παιδὸς Ἀμαζονίης δολίην ἄμνηστον ἐάσας οἰνοβαρῆ φιλότητα καὶ ὑπναλέους ὑμεναίους.

Καὶ θεὸς ἡγεμόνευε, Διὸς κήρυκα γενέθλης οὐρανίην ἀκτῖνα φέρων στίλβοντι προσώπῳ· 10ἀμφὶ δὲ Λύδιον ἅρμα Γιγαντοφόνου Διονύσου θυρσοφόροι στίχες ἦσαν, ἐμιτρώθη δὲ μαχηταῖς μεσσοφανὴς ἑκάτερθε, καὶ ἀντήστραπτεν Ὀλύμπῳ· κάλλεϊ δ᾿ ἔκρυφε πάντας· ἰδὼν δέ μιν ἦ τάχα φαίης Ἠέλιον πυρόεντα πολυσπερέων μέσον ἄστρων. 15καὶ στρατιῆς ἀσίδηρον ἄναξ ὥπλισσεν Ἐνυώ, οὐ ξίφος, οὐ μελίην θανατηφόρον, ἀντὶ δὲ χαλκοῦ Κισσὸν ἔχων ἄρρηκτον ἑὸν δόρυ· καί μιν ἑλίσσων Ἀσίδος ἐν πολίεσσι, καὶ Ἀσίδος ἐν χθονὶ πήξας 19ἄγριον ἡνιόχευε Κυβηλίδος ἅρμα θεαίνης

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Dionysiaca, XVII.

Book XVII

In the seventeenth, I celebrate war’s firstfruits, and the waters of a honey-trickling river turned to wine.

After he had made captive the Indian nation, shackled in sleep by their potations, immovable, without a wound, Dionysos did not commit his quarrel to the forgetful winds, but once more lifted his Phrygian thyrsus; for he went in haste at the challenge of highcrested Deriades, and left forgotten behind him the trick he had played on the Amazonian girl, the drunken passion and the drowsy nuptials.

8 The god led the van, wearing a heavenly radiance on his shining face, to proclaim him the son of Zeus. Around the Lydian chariot of giantslaying Dionysos were lines of thyrsus-bearers; he was ringed about with warriors on either side, conspicuous in the midst, and shone in splendour like another heaven. In beauty he threw all into the shade: to see him you might have said it was fiery Helios in the midst of farscattered stars. The lord of the host had brought Enyoa without the steel trappings of war; for he carried no sword and no deathdealing ashen lance, but for bronze he had his own invincible spear, the ivy; this he wielded in the cities of Asia, this he planted in the soil of Asia, as he drove the savage

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.nonnos-dionysiaca.1940