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(Γ') ἀλλὰ θαυμάζω, τί με λέξοντι Ἰσθμοῦ δεσπόται τοιάνδε μελίφρονος ἀρχὰν εὑρόμενον σκολίου 15ξυνάορον ξυναῖς γυναιξίν. Δ'διδάξαμεν χρυσὸν καθαρᾷ βασάνῳ . . . . . . . ὦ Κύπρου δέσποινα, τεὸν δεῦτ᾿ ἐς ἄλσος φορβάδων κορᾶν ἀγέλαν ἑκατόγγυι- ον Ξενοφῶν τελέαις 20ἐπάγαγ᾿ εὐχωλαῖς ἰανθείς.

123 ΘΕΟΞΕΝΩΙ ΤΕΝΕΔΙΩΙ

Athen. 13.601D μνησθεὶς δὲ καὶ τοῦ Τενεδίου Θεοξένου ὁ Πίνδαρος, ὃς ἦν αὐτοῦ ἐρώμενος, τί φησιν;

×χρῆν μὲν κατὰ καιρὸν ἐρώ- των δρέπεσθαι, θυμέ, σὺν ἁλικίᾳ· τὰς δὲ Θεοξένου ἀκτῖνας πρὸς ὄσσων μαρμαρυζοίσας δρακείς ὃς μὴ πόθῳ κυμαίνεται, ἐξ ἀδάμαντος 5ἢ σιδάρου κεχάλκευται μέλαιναν καρδίαν

  • 13Ἰσθμοῦ Casaubonus: ὁμοῦ A
  • 2πρὸς ὄσσων Kaibel: προσώπον Athen. 601D: ὄσσων Athen. 564E
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Encomia

. . . . . .Str. 3 . . . . . . But I wonder what the lords of the Isthmus will say of my devising such a beginning as this for a honey-minded scolion4 15to accompany women shared in common.

We test gold on a pure touchstoneStr. 4 . . . . . . O mistress5 of Cyprus, here into your precinct Xenophon has brought a hundred-bodied herd of girls to graze, 20in gladness at the fulfillment of his prayers.

123 FOR THEOXENUS OF TENEDOS

The same. “And what does Pindar say when he mentions Theoxenus of Tenedos, who was his beloved?”

One should cull love, my heart,Str. as appropriate during youth, but whoever has seen those rays flashing from Theoxenus’ eyes and is not flooded with desire 5has a black heart forged from adamant or steel

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pindar-fragments.1997