Stesichorus I, Fragments

LCL 476: 88-89


Greek Lyric

S 85 = 182 P.M.G. Paus. 8. 3. 2 (ii 224 Rocha-Pereira)

Παλλαντίου μὲν δὴ καὶ Στησίχορος ὁ Ἱμεραῖος ἐν Γηρυονηίδι ἐποιήσατο μνήμην.

S 86 = 183 P.M.G. Schol. Ap. Rhod. 1. 211 (p. 26 Wendel)

Στησίχορος δὲ ἐν τῇ Γηρυονίδι καὶ νῆσόν τινα ἐν τῷ Ἀτλαντικῷ πελάγει Σαρπηδονίαν φησί.

S 87 = 186 P.M.G. Schol. Hes. Theog. 287 (p. 57 di Gregorio)

ἐστὶ δὲ ὁ Γηρυονεὺς ἐκ Καλλιρρόης τῆς Ὠκεανοῦ καὶ Χρυσάορος. Στησίχορος δὲ καὶ ἕξ χεῖρας ἔχειν φησὶ καὶ ἓξ πόδας καὶ ὑπόπτερον εἶναι.


187 Athen. 3. 81d (i 189 Kaibel)

Κυδωνίων δὲ μήλων μνημονεύει Στησίχορος ἐν Ἑλένῃ οὕτως·

πολλὰ μὲν Κυδώνια μᾶλα ποτερρίπτουν ποτὶ δίφρον ἄνακτι, πολλὰ δὲ μύρσινα φῦλλα καὶ ῥοδίνους στεφάνους ἴων τε κορωνίδας οὔλας.

2 Schneidewin: μυρεινα, μύρρινα codd.


S 85=182 P.M.G. Pausanias, Description of Greece

Pallantium1 was mentioned by Stesichorus of Himera in his Geryoneis.

S 86=183 P.M.G. Scholiast on Apollonius of Rhodes (‘the Sarpedonian rock’ in Thrace)

Stesichorus in his Geryoneis calls an island in the Atlantic sea Sarpedonian.

S 87=186 P.M.G. Scholiast on Hesiod, Theogony (‘Chrysaor begot three-headed Geryon’)

Geryon is son of Callirrhoe, daughter of Oceanus, and Chrysaor. Stesichorus says he has six hands and six feet and is winged.


187 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

Cydonian apples2 are mentioned by Stesichorus in his Helen as follows:

Many Cydonian apples they threw on their lord’s chariot,3 many myrtle leaves and garlands of roses and twined wreaths of violets.

  • 1In Arcadia; perhaps mentioned in connection with the cave of Pholus (see S19=181 P.M.G.).
  • 1P.Oxy. 2735 (=Ibycus S 166–219) is ascribed by some scholars to the Helen of Stesichorus. See also fr. 223.
  • 2Quinces; Cydonia is in north-west Crete.
  • 3The lines probably describe the marriage of Menelaus and Helen.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.stesichorus_i-fragments.1991