Tyrtaeus, Fragments

LCL 258: 38-39

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Elegiac Poetry

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Strabo 8.4.10 (quae praecedunt v. ad fr. 8)

καὶ γὰρ εἶναί φησιν ἐκεῖθεν ἐν τῇ ἐλεγείᾳ ἣν ἐπιγράφουσιν Εὐνομίαν· “αὐτὸς—ἀφικόμεθα.” ὥστ᾿ ἢ ταῦτα ἀκυρωτέον (ἠκύρωται codd., corr. Porson) τὰ ἐλεγεῖα, ἢ Φιλοχόρῳ (FGrHist 328 F 215) ἀπιστητέον τῷ φήσαντι Ἀθηναῖόν τε καὶ Ἀφιδναῖον καὶ Καλλισθένει (124 F 24) καὶ ἄλλοις πλείοσι τοῖς εἰποῦσιν ἐξ Ἀθηνῶν ἀφικέσθαι, δεηθέντων Λακεδαιμονίων κατὰ χρησμὸν ὃς ἐπέταττε παρ᾿ Ἀθηναίων λαβεῖν ἡγεμόνα.

  • 13τήνδε δέδωκε πόλιν Strabo (τηνδεδωκε palimps., δε supra lin. sec. Lasserre), ἄστυ ἔδωκε? West


they are?) nearer to the race (of the gods?). For Zeus himself, the son of Cronus and husband of faircrowned Hera, has given this state to the descendants of Heracles.2 With them we left windy Erineus3 and came to the wide island of Pelops4 . . . of the grey-eyed5 . . .

Strabo, Geography

For Tyrtaeus says that he came from there6 in the elegy entitled Eunomia (vv. 12–15). Consequently we must either deny the validity of these elegiac verses or we must disbelieve Philochorus, who said that Tyrtaeus was an Athenian and Aphidnean,7 and Callisthenes and a great many others who said that he came from Athens when the Spartans asked for him in accordance with an oracle which instructed them to obtain a leader from Athens.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.tyrtaeus-fragments.1999