Nonnos, Dionysiaca

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ΔΙΟΝΥΣΙΑΚΩΝ ΤΡΙΑΚΟΣΤΟΝ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΟΝ

Ἐν δὲ τριηκοστῷ τῷ δευτέρῳ εἰσὶ κυδοιμοὶ καὶ Διὸς ὑπναλέοιο λέχος καὶ λύσσα Λυαίου.

Ὥς φαμένη παρέπεισε· δολοφράδμων δ᾿ Ἀφροδίτη πείθετο κερδοσύνῃσιν, ἀνειρύσσασα δὲ κόλπου Ἥρῃ δῶρον ἔδωκε θελήμονι κεστὸν Ἐρώτων. καί τινα μῦθον ἔλεξε χάριν θελκτῆρος ἱμάντος·

5“Δέχνυσο τοῦτον ἱμάντα, τεῆς ἐπίκουρον ἀνίης· θέλξεις δ᾿ εἰν ἑνὶ πάντα πόθων ἰθύντορι κεστῷ, Ἠέλιον καὶ Ζῆνα καὶ αἰθέρα καὶ χορὸν ἄστρων· καὶ ῥόον ἀστήρικτον ἀτέρμονος Ὠκεανοῖο.”

Εἶπε, καὶ Ἀσσυρίην Λιβανηίδα δύσατο πέτρην. 10Ἥρη δ᾿ ἀστερόφοιτον ἐδύσατο κύκλον Ὀλύμπου, καὶ ταχινὴ πάνλευκον ἑὴν ἐπεκόσμεε μορφήν· πολλάκι δ᾿ ἰσάζουσα καθειμένον ἄχρι μετώπου 13πλαζομένης ἔστησε μετήλυδα βότρυν ἐθείρης· 16καὶ πλεκτὴν θυόεντι κόμην ἐδίηνεν ἐλαίῳ, τοῦ καὶ κινυμένοιο μετ᾿ αἰθέρα καὶ μετὰ πόντον γαῖαν ὅλην ἐμέθυσσε μύρου δολιχόσκιος ὀδμή. καὶ κεφαλῇ στέφος εἶχε παναίολον, ᾧ ἔνι πολλαὶ λυχνίδες ἦσαν, Ἔρωτος ὁμόστολοι, ὧν ἄπο πέμπει φαιδρὰ τινασσομένων ἀμαρύγματα Κυπριδίη φλόξ· εἶχε δὲ πέτρον ἐκεῖνον, ὃς ἀνέρας εἰς πόθον ἕλκει, οὔνομα φαιδρὸν ἔχοντα ποθοβλήτοιο Σελήνης,

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Dionysiaca, XXXI

Book XXXII

In the thirty-second are battles, and the bed of sleeping Zeus, and the madness of Bacchos.

Aphrodite was won. The mistress of wiles obeyed the cunning request, and drawing the cestus up from her bosom she bestowed it upon willing Hera, and thus she spoke and described the witchery of the strap:

5 “Accept this strap to help your trouble. You shall charm all in one with this cestus, the guide to all desire—Sun and Zeus and the company of stars, and the evermoving stream of boundless Ocean.”

9 This said, she plunged beneath the rocks of Assyrian Libanos. But Hera passed to the star-scattered circle of Olympos. Quickly she decked out her all white body. Often she guided the straying clusters of floating hair and arranged them in even rows down to her forehead; she touched up the plaits with sweetscented oil—stir it, and the farspreading scent of the unguent intoxicates heaven and sea and the whole earth. She put on her head a coronet of curious work, set with many rubies, the servants of love; when they move, the Cyprian flame sends out bright sparklings. She wore also that stone which draws man to desire, which has the bright name of the desire-struck Moon; and the stone which is enamoured

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.nonnos-dionysiaca.1940