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Philostratus: Imagines

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5(1) Ἔγνως, ὦ παῖ, ταῦτα Ὁμήρου ὄντα ἢ οὐ πώποτε ἔγνωκας δηλαδὴ θαῦμα ἡγούμενος, ὅπως δήποτε ἔζη2 τὸ πῦρ ἐν τῷ ὕδατι; συμβάλωμεν οὖν ὅ τι νοεῖ, σὺ δὲ ἀπόβλεψον αὐτῶν, ὅσον ἐκεῖνα ἰδεῖν, ἀφ᾿ ὧν ἡ γραφή. οἶσθά που τῆς 10Ἰλιάδος τὴν γνώμην, ἐν οἷς Ὅμηρος ἀνίστησι μὲν τὸν Ἀχιλλέα ἐπὶ τῷ Πατρόκλῳ, κινοῦνται δὲ οἱ θεοὶ πολεμεῖν ἀλλήλοις. τούτων οὖν τῶν περὶ τοὺς θεοὺς ἡ γραφὴ τὰ μὲν ἄλλα οὐκ οἶδε,

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Book I. 1

1. Scamander

Have you noticed, my boy, that the painting here is based on Homer, or have you failed to do so because you are lost in wonder as to how in the world the fire could live in the midst of the water? Well then, let us try to get at the meaning of it. Turn your eyes away from the painting itself so as to look only at the events on which it is based. Surely you are familiar with the passage in the Iliad where Homer makes Achilles rise up to avenge Patroclus, and the gods are moved to make battle with each other. Now of this battle of the gods the painting

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-imagines_book_i_1_scamander.1931