Bellerophontes (page 316 with art)

Chapter 10, Perseus and Bellerophontes, Part 2

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AP 3.15 – Palatine Anthology (Greek Anthology) Greek Anthology 1, pp. 102-103, ed. W.R. Paton. London 1916.

And in 15, Bellerophontes saved by the boy Glaukos because, carried by Pegasos to the Aleian plain, he was about to be slain by Megapenthes son of Proitos:

Bellerophontes no longer held back his killing by the son of Proitos, or from your †distressed† father †death. Gray fruitlessly† trickery of the family and of Iobates he will avoid, for so . . . spun the Fates’ threads. And you yourself, coming near, warded off the killing of your father, and as a witness of good speech you thought of it.  (Transl. Silvio Curtis).  Greek Text  Greek Text and English

ApB 2.3.1 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

Bellerophon, son of Glaucus, son of Sisyphus, having accidentally killed his brother Deliades or, as some say, Piren, or, as others will have it, Alcimenes, came to Proetus and was purified.  Greek Text

 Σ Lyk 17 –  Scholia to Lykophron, Alexandra – Lycophronis Alexandra 2, pp. 15-19, ed E. Scheer. Berlin 1908.

Greek Text

Σ Ol 13.82e – Scholia to Pindar, Olympian Odes – Scholia vetera in Pindari carmina 1, pp. 375-76, ed. A.B. Drachmann. Leipzig 1903.

Greek Text

♠ Ap2.3.2 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

Iobates, in admiration of his [Bellerophon’s] prowess, showed him the letter and begged him to stay with him; moreover he gave him his daughter Philonoe, and dying bequeathed to him the kingdom.  Greek Text

Paus 2.31.9 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

For they [Troezenians], too, say that… Bellerophontes came to Troezen to ask Pittheus to give him Aethra to wife, but before the marriage took place he was banished from Corinth.  Greek Text

Astr 2.18.1 – Hyginus, De Astronomia

… as he [Bellerophon] was attempting to fly to heaven, and had almost reached it, he became terrified looking down at the earth, and fell off and was killed.  Latin Text

Aegina, Museum K 253 (cited as “no #”): Protocorinthian black-figure skyphos fragment with Bellerophon, Pegasos and and Chimaira

H. Payne, Necrocorinthia: a study of Corinthian art in the Archaic period (1931), pl. 4.1

Arachne images and information

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 95.10: Protocorinthian black-figure aryballos with Bellerophon, Pegasos and and Chimaira

A. Fairbanks, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Catalogue of Greek and Etruscan Vases vol. 1, Early Vases, Preceding Athenian Black-Figure Ware (1928), drawing p. 151


Perseus Image of Boston 9.10

Perseus Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser

Museum of Fine Arts

Thasos, Museum Π 2085 (cited as “no #”): Cycladic plate with Bellerophon, Pegasos and Chimaira


Wikimedia Commons image

flickr image

Classical Art Research Centre, detail of Chimaira

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 00.349: Apulian red-figure stamnos with Bellerophon and Proitos

Museum of Fine Arts, image and description (side B)

Naples, Museo Nazionale H2418: Lucanian red-figure amphora with Bellerophon and Proitos


Fig. 146 from Louis Séchan, Études sur la tragédie grecque dans ses rapports avec la céramique (1926)

iconiclimc image

Art Tattler International

Taranto, Museo Archeologico I/96: Apulian red-figure amphora with fall of Stheneboia

Fondazione Santomasi (see top image, amphora to right of central volute krater)

Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Hermitage St 427: forgery of a Lucanian krater with Bellerophon and Stheneboia

Classical Art Research Centre, no. 7 (no image)

Louvre, Paris, CA 4523: Cretan relief pithos with fall of Bellerophon


Wikimedia Commons image

Michael Lahanas image


Il 6.196-206 – Homer, Iliad

“And the lady bare to wise-hearted Bellerophon three children, Isander and Hippolochus and Laodameia. With Laodameia lay Zeus the counsellor, and she bare godlike Sarpedon, the warrior harnessed in bronze. [200] But when even Bellerophon came to be hated of all the gods, then verily he wandered alone over the Aleian plain, devouring his own soul, and shunning the paths of men; and Isander his son was slain by Ares, insatiate of battle, as he fought against the glorious Solymi; [205] and his daughter was slain in wrath by Artemis of the golden reins. But Hippolochus begat me [Glaucus] and of him do I declare that I am sprun.”  Greek Text

DS 5.79.3 – Diodoros Siculus, Library of History

The third brother, Sarpedon, we are told, crossed over into Asia with an army and subdued the regions about Lycia. Euandrus, his son, succeeded him in the kingship in Lycia, and marrying Deïdameia, the daughter of Bellerophon, he begat that Sarpedon who took part in the expedition against Troy, although some writers have called him a son of Zeus.  Greek Text

For Bellerophontes, see Early Greek Myth, p. 210:

♠ Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 140 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 68, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

♠ Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 141 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, pp. 68-69, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

[And] the father [mingled with her in love] and gave a gift, a golden necklace that Hephaisos famed for his art [5] …with his [know]ing wits…bringing [it to his fath]er; and he received the gift;…to the [daughter] of illustrious Pheonix…to the slender-ankled Europa he was about to…the father of gods and men [10] …from beside the fair-haired maid. [And she bore sons] to the exceedingly mighty son of Kronos…commanders of many men, [lordly Minos] and just Rhadamanthys  [and divine Sarpedon], noble and powerful…   (Transl. Nick Gardner)

♠ Aischylos, Kares fr 99 R – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta3, pp. 217-21, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

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Literary sources edited by Silvio Curtis, Teaching assistant, Department of Classics, Univ. of Georgia, fall 2015.  Updated by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, May 2024.

Edited by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, December 2017

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