Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1.4. Menoeceus

LCL 256: 14-15


Philostratus: Imagines


(1) Θηβῶν μὲν ἡ πολιορκία, τὸ γὰρ τεῖχος ἑπτάπυλον, ἡ στρατιὰ δὲ Πολυνείκης2 ὁ τοῦ Οἰδίποδος· οἱ γὰρ λόχοι ἑπτά. πελάζει αὐτοῖς 20Ἀμφιάρεως ἀθύμῳ εἴδει καὶ ξυνιέντι ἃ πείσονται, καὶ οἱ μὲν ἄλλοι λοχαγοὶ δεδίασι—ταῦτα καὶ τὰς χεῖρας ἐς τὸν Δία αἴρουσι—Καπανεὺς δὲ τὰ τείχη βλέπει περιφρονῶν τὰς ἐπάλξεις ὡς


Book I. 4

4. Menoeceus

This is the siege of Thebes, for the wall has seven gates; and the army is the army of Polyneices, the son of Oedipus, for the companies are seven in number. Amphiaraüs approaches them with face despondent and fully aware of the fate in store for them; and while the other captains are afraid—that is why they are lifting their hands to Zeus in prayer—Capaneus1 gazes on the walls, revolving in his mind how the battlements may be taken

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-imagines_book_i_4_menoecus.1931