Stesichorus I, Fragments

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188 Athen. 10. 451d (ii 481 Kaibel)

καὶ Στησίχορος δ᾿ ἐν Ἑλένῃ

λιθαργύρεον ποδανιπτῆρα

ἔφη.

189 Argum. Theocr. 18 (p. 331 Wendel)

τοῦτο τὸ εἰδύλλιον ἐπιγράφεται Ἑλένης ἐπιθαλάμιος καὶ ἐν αὐτῷ τινα εἴληπται ἐκ τοῦ πρώτου Στησιχόρου Ἑλένης.

190 Schol. A Hom. Il. 2. 339 (i 103 Dindorf)

τῶν ἐκ τῆς Ἑλλάδος ἀρίστων ἐπὶ μνηστείαν τῆς Ἑλένης παρόντων διὰ τὸ γένος καὶ τὸ κάλλος, Τυνδάρεως ὁ πατὴρ αὐτῆς, ὥς τινές φασι, φυλασσόμενος μή ποτε ἕνα αὐτῶν προκρίνας τοὺς ἄλλους ἐχθροὺς ποιήσηται, κοινὸν αὐτῶν ἔλαβεν ὅρκον ἦ μὴν τῷ ληψομένῳ τὴν παῖδα ἀδικουμένῳ περὶ αὐτὴν σφόδρα πάντας ἐπαμυνεῖν. διόπερ Μενελάῳ αὐτὴν ἐκδίδωσιν. καὶ μετ᾿ οὐ πολὺ ἁρπασθείσης αὐτῆς ὑπὸ Ἀλεξάνδρου ἐκοινώνησαν τῇ στρατείᾳ διὰ τοὺς γενομένους ὅρκους. ἡ ἱστορία παρὰ Στησιχόρῳ.

191 Paus. 2. 22. 6 (i 158s. Rocha-Pereira)

πλησίον δὲ τῶν Ἀνάκτων Εἰληθυίας ἐστὶν ἱερὸν ἀνάθημα Ἑλένης, ὅτε σὺν Πειρίθῳ Θησέως ἀπελθόντος ἐς Θεσπρωτοὺς Ἄφιδνά τε ὑπὸ Διοσκούρων ἑάλω καὶ ἤγετο ἐς Λακεδαίμονα Ἑλένη. ἔχειν μὲν γὰρ αὐτὴν λέγουσιν ἐν γαστρί, τεκοῦσαν δὲ ἐν Ἄργει καὶ τῆς Εἰληθυίας ἱδρυσαμένην τὸ ἱερὸν τὴν μὲν παῖδα ἣν ἔτεκε Κλυταιμνήστρᾳ δοῦναι, συνοικεῖν γὰρ ἤδη Κλυταιμνήστραν Ἀγαμέμνονι, αὐτὴν δὲ ὕστερον τούτων Μενελάῳ γήμασθαι. καὶ ἐπὶ τῷδε Εὐφορίων Χαλκιδεὺς (fr. 90 Powell) καὶ Πλευρώνιος Ἀλέξανδρος (fr. 12 Powell) ἔπη ποιήσαντες, πρότερον δὲ ἔτι Στησίχορος ὁ Ἱμεραῖος,

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188 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner

Stesichorus in his Helen said

footbath of litharge.1

189 Introduction to Theocritus 18

This idyll is called Helen’s Epithalamium, and in it certain things have been taken from the first book of Stesichorus’Helen.

190 Scholiast on Iliad (‘our covenants and oaths’, Nestor)

When the best men of Greece had come to woo Helen because of her lineage and beauty, her father Tyndareus, according to some authorities, was eager to avoid making enemies of the others by choosing one of them; so he made them all alike swear that if the successful suitor were ever wronged on her account they would all come energetically to his help. That is why he gave her to Menelaus. Not long afterwards, when she was carried off by Alexander, they took part in the expedition because of the oaths they had sworn. The story is in Stesichorus.

191 Pausanias, Description of Greece (on Argos)

Near the Lords1 is a sanctuary of Eileithyia, dedicated by Helen at the time when Theseus had gone with Pirithous to Thesprotia and Aphidna was captured by the Dioscuri2 and Helen was being taken to Sparta. They say that she was pregnant and that after giving birth in Argos and founding the sanctuary of Eileithyia she gave her baby daughter to Clytemnestra, who was already the wife of Agamemnon, and later on married Menelaus. Euphorion3 of Chalcis and Alexander4 of Pleuron, who wrote poetry on this subject, and even earlier Stesichorus of Himera all

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.stesichorus_i-fragments.1991