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]τ᾿ ἀκναμπτεὶ κρέμασον ]ς̣ τε χάρμας ]π[. . . . ]ν̣τος αὐχὴν ῥύοιτο πα[ 15]ω̣ν πέλοι ]λ̣αν πόν̣ο̣ι̣ χορῶν [ ]ε̣ες τ᾿ ἀοιδαί, ]οιο φῦλον ω̣[ 19]ε̣ πετάλοις ἠρ[ινοῖς (restant frustula vv. 22–26, desunt cetera)

Dith. 4

70d P. Oxy. 2445 (26, 1961)

(restant frustula vv. 1–13) ]φύτευε{ν} ματρί 15] . αν λέχεά τ᾿ ἀνα[γ]κ̣αῖα δολ̣[ ]α̣ν· Κρ]ο̣νίων νεῦσεν ἀνά̣γκᾳ[ ]δολιχὰ δ᾿ ὁδ[ὸ]ς̣ ἀθα̣νάτω[ν (restant frustula vv. 19–34) 35. . . μ]έμηλεν πατρὸς νόῳ,

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Dithyrambs

inflexibly hang up16 and spear-heads17 may the neck rescue 15may it be labors of choruses and songs tribe leaves of spring

Dith. 4

70d Oxyrhynchus papyrus (late 2nd cent. a.d.)

This dithyramb contains an account of Perseus familiar from Pyth. 10.44–48 and Pyth. 12.6–17. Polydectes, the ruler of Seriphus, held Danaë, Perseus’ mother, in bondage as his concubine. With the help of Athena (and here Hermes as well) Perseus cut off Medusa’s head, returned to Seriphus, and turned the inhabitants to stone. Numerous small fragments of papyrus forming parts of this dithyramb are not reproduced here.

(lines 1–13 are fragmentary) was planning18 for the mother 15and the bed of compulsion19 . . . . . . the Son of Cronus nodded his consent by necessity long is the road of the immortals20 (lines 19–34 are fragmentary) 35it concerned the father’s21 mind

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pindar-fragments.1997