LCL 256: 286-287
α΄ ΑΧΙΛΛΕΥΣ ΕΝ ΣΚΥΡΩΙ
392 Κ.(1) Ἡ κομῶσα τῇ σχοίνῳ ἡρωίνη—ὁρᾷς γάρ που τὴν ὑπὸ τῷ ὄρει στιφρὰν τὸ εἶδος καὶ ἐσταλμένην κυανῷ—Σκῦρος, ὦ παῖ, νῆσος, ἣν ὁ θεῖος Σοφοκλῆς ἀνεμώδεα καλεῖ. ἔστι δ᾿ αὐτῇ 5καὶ πτόρθος ἐλάας ἐν ταῖν χεροῖν καὶ ἀμπέλου κλῆμα. ὁ δ᾿ ὑπὸ τοῖς πρόποσι τοῦ ὄρους πύργος,
1. Achilles on Scyros4
The heroine crowned with reeds—for doubtless you see the female figure at the foot of the mountain, sturdy of form and dressed in blue—is the island of Scyros, my boy, which the divine Sophocles calls “wind-swept.”5 She has a branch of olive in her hands and a spray of vine. And the tower in the foot-hills of the mountain—that is the place where the
- 4While the Homeric poems tell nothing of Achilles’ connection with Scyros, later writers say that Peleus sent him there to king Lycomedes at the age of nine in order to keep him out of the expedition against Troy. There he was brought up in maiden’s garments with the daughters of Lycomedes, till Odysseus and Diomedes (or Ajax or Phoenix and Nestor) were sent at the bidding of Calchas the prophet to fetch him. The scene was a favourite one with Greek painters from Polygnotus on.
- 5Soph. Frag. 539 N.