Sophocles, Fragments of Known Plays

LCL 483: 198-199

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The Sack of Troy by Arctinus told how after the wooden horse had been brought into the city the Trojans gave themselves up to celebration, thinking that the war was over. Then two serpents appeared and devoured Laocoon, the priest of Poseidon, with one of his sons. Aeneas and his family, alarmed by the portent, then removed themselves to Mount Ida. No poet except Virgil (Aeneid 2,


λάμπει δ᾿ ἀγυιεὺς βωμὸς ἀτμίζων πυρὶ σμύρνης σταλαγμούς, βαρβάρους εὐοσμίας

Harpocration, Glossary to the Ten Orators 8, 8 = Photius 279 Theodoridis = Suda α 383, etc.


Πόσειδον, ὃς Αἰγαίου νέμεις πρῶνας ἢ γλαυκᾶς μέδεις ἁλὸς ἐν βένθεσ<σ>ιν εὐανέμου λίμνας 5ἐφ᾿ ὑψηλαῖς σπιλάδεσσι †στομάτων†

Aristophanes, Frogs 665 with Schol.

2 νέμεις Fritzsche: μέδεις Schol.: om. Aristophanes 3 ἁλὸς ἐν βένθεσι Aristophanes: om. Schol. 4-6 om. Aristophanes

Fragments of Known Plays


199 f) says that both sons were killed, though some have conjectured that because Dionysius of Halicarnassus seems to imply this Sophocles must have done so. The serpents were named Porces and Chariboea, and came from the islands called Calydnae; they were mentioned by Bacchylides fr. 9, who said that they were changed into humans. According to a papyrus commentary on a play (Trag. Adesp. fr. 721), they were sent by Apollo.


And fire shines on the altar in the street as it sends up a vapour from drops of myrrh, exotic scents.


Poseidon, you who range over the capes of the Aegean or in the depths of the gray sea rule over the windswept waters above the lofty cliffs . . .

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.sophocles-fragments_known_plays.1996