Mythographi Graeci

Mythographi Graeci, 3 vol. Leipzig 1894-1902.

New Translations

Vol. 3.1 – Pseudo-Eratosthenes, Katasterismoi

 Katast 22 Perseus – pp. 25-27

Concerning this man, it is told that he was placed among the stars because of his glorious reputation; for Zeus had intercourse with Danae in the form of gold, and begat him; he was sent by Polydectes to the Gorgons, and he took from Hermes both helmet and sandals, in which he made his journey through the air; it seems that he also took from Hephaistos a curved blade made of adamant; the Gorgons, as Aischylos the tragic poet tells in the Phorkides, had the Graiai as lookouts; they had one eye and this they handed round to one another as each went on guard;  Perseus watched for it at the hand-over, and, having gained possession of it, hurled it into the Tritonian marsh, and thus, coming upon the Gorgons in their deep sleep, he took away Medusa’s head, which Athena then wore on her breast; but for Perseus she made a position in the stars, and this is why he is seen holding the Gorgon’s head.  (Transl. Mary Emerson).  Greek Text  EGM p. 305

Katast 24 – pp. 28-30 

About the Lyra

But having gone down into Hades because of his wife and seeing what sort of things were there, he did not continue to worship Dionysos, because of whom he was famous, but he thought Helios to be the greatest of the gods, Helios whom he also addressed as Apollo. Rousing himself up each night towards dawn and climbing the  mountain called Pangaion he await the sun’s rising, so that he might see it first. Therefore Dionysos, being angry with him, sent the Bassarides, as Aischylos the tragedian says; they tore him apart and scattered the limbs.  (Transl. T. N. Gantz)  Greek Text  EGM pp. 87 lower, 722

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