Stesichorus I, Fragments

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S 7 = 184 P.M.G. Str. 3. 2. 11 (i 228 Kramer)

ἐοίκασι δ᾿ οἱ παλαιοὶ καλεῖν τὸν Βαῖτιν Ταρτησσόν, τὰ δὲ Γά- δειρα καὶ τὰς πρὸς αὐτὴν νήσους Ἐρύθειαν. διόπερ οὕτως εἰπεῖν ὑπολαμβάνουσι Στησίχορον περὶ τοῦ Γηρυόνος βουκόλου διότι γεν- νηθείη

σχεδὸν ἀντιπέρας κλεινᾶς Ἐρυθείας < > Ταρτησ- σοῦ ποταμοῦ παρὰ παγὰς ἀπείρονας ἀρ- γυρορίζους 5ἐν κευθμῶνι πέτρας.

v. Haslam, loc. cit. 16

5 Hermann (et Kleine): κευθμώνων codd.

S 8 P.Oxy. 261 7 fr. 6

διὰ] [ύ]αθ᾿ ἁλὸς  ἀφίκον- το θ]ῶν περικαλλέ[α ν]ᾶσον τ]όθι Ἑσπερίδες π[αγχρ]σεα δώμα]᾿ οντι· 5       ]  [ ]ασ   [      ]και      κ]λύκ[ν         ]λατ[

1 διὰ suppl. Page βαθέας legit Barrett 6 suppl. Barrett cetera Lobel
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Stesichorus

Geryoneis The publication of new fragments of the Geryoneis (P.Oxy. 2617) necessitated the reordering of the book-quotations (181–186 P.M.G.). The fragments are printed here in the following sequence, that of S.L.G.: S 7=184 P.M.G., S 8–16, the new 184A, S 17=185 P.M.G., S 18, S 19=181 P.M.G., the isolated words contained in S 20–84, S 85=182 P.M.G., S 86=183 P.M.G., S 87=186 P.M.G. See D. L. Page, J.H.S. 93 (1973) 138 ff. The poem dealt with Heracles’ acquisition of the cattle of Geryon, a triple-bodied monster living on the Atlantic island of Erytheia.

S 7 =184 P.M.G. Strabo, Geography

The ancient writers seem to call the Baetis1 Tartessus, and Gadeira2 and the nearby islands Erytheia. This, it is supposed, is why Stesichorus could say of Geryon’s herdsman3 that he was born

almost opposite famous Erytheia . . . by the limitless silver-rooted4 waters of the river Tartessus in the hollow of a rock.

S 8 Papyrus of early 1st c. a.d.

. . . over the waves of the deep brine they1 came to the beautiful island of the gods, where the Hesperides2 have their homes of solid gold; . . . (buds?) . . .

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.stesichorus_i-fragments.1991