Philostratus the Younger, Imagines 9. Pelops

LCL 256: 320-321

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Philostratus the Younger


(1) Ὁ μὲν ὑπὲρ τετρώρων δι᾿ ἠπείρου μέσης 15ἱππεύσειν μέλλων ὑπ᾿ ὀρθῇ τιάρᾳ καὶ Λυδίᾳ στολῇ, Πέλοψ οἶμαι, θρασὺς ἡνίοχος καλὸν εἰπεῖν. ἴθυνε γάρ ποτε καὶ διὰ θαλάσσης τουτὶ τὸ ἅρμα, Ποσειδῶνος οἶμαι δόντος, ἄκρᾳ τῇ τοῦ τροχοῦ ἁψῖδι ὑπ᾿ ἀδιάντῳ ἄξονι τὰ τῆς γαλήνης 20διαθέων νῶτα. (2) Ὄμμα δ᾿ αὐτῷ γοργὸν καὶ αὐχὴν ἀνεστηκὼς τὸ τῆς γνώμης ἕτοιμον ἐλέγχει ἥ τε ὀφρῦς ὑπεραίρουσα δηλοῖ καταφρονεῖσθαι τὸν Οἰνόμαον ὑπὸ τοῦ μειρακίου. φρονεῖ γὰρ τοῖς ἵπποις, ἐπειδὴ ὑψαύχενές τε καὶ πολλοὶ 25τὸν μυκτῆρα καὶ κοῖλοι τὴν ὁπλὴν καὶ τὸ ὄμμα κυάνεοί τε καὶ ἕτοιμοι χαίτην τε ἀμφιλαφῆ


Pelops. 9

9. Pelops1

The man mounted on a four-horse chariot who is setting out to drive across the mainland, wearing an upright tiara2 and Lydian dress, is Pelops, I believe, a “bold charioteer”3 it is fair to call him. For he once guided this chariot even across the sea, doubtless because it was the gift of Poseidon, speeding over the back of the calm sea on the very edge of the wheel and keeping the axle unwetted.4 His flashing eye and erect head attest his alertness of mind, and his haughty brow indicates that the youth despises Oenomaüs.5 For he is proud of his horses, since they hold their necks high, are broad of nostril, hollow of hoof,6 dark-eyed and alert, and they lift

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_younger-imagines_9_pelops.1931