The Daughters of Asopos (page 226 with art)

Chapter 6: Other Early Families

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Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 208 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 106, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 209 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, pp. 106-7, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

Nem 5.25-34 – Pindar, Nemean Odes

And the Muses began with a prelude to Zeus, then sang first of divine Thetis and of Peleus; how Hippolyte, the opulent daughter of Cretheus, wanted to trap him with deceit. With elaborate planning she persuaded her husband, the watcher of the Magnesians, to be a partner in her plot, and she forged a false story; [30] that Peleus had made an attempt on her in Acastus’ own bed. But the opposite was true; for she often begged him and coaxed him with all her heart, but her reckless words provoked his temper. Without hesitating he refused Acastus’ bride, fearing the anger of father Zeus, the god of hospitality.  Greek Text

Nem 4.57-61 – Pindar, Nemean Odes

With the sword of Daedalus, the son of Pelias sowed the seeds of death for Peleus [60] from an ambush. But Cheiron rescued him and carried out the destiny which had been fated by Zeus.  Greek Text

ApB 3.13.1-3 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

Peleus fled to Phthia to the court of Eurytion, son of Actor, and was purified by him, and he received from him his daughter Antigone and the third part of the country. And a daughter Polydora was born to him, who was wedded by Borus, son of Perieres. [2] Thence he went with Eurytion to hunt the Calydonian boar, but in throwing a dart at the hog he involuntarily struck and killed Eurytion. Therefore flying again from Phthia he betook him to Acastus at Iolcus and was purified by him. [3] And at the games celebrated in honor of Pelias he contended in wrestling with Atalanta. And Astydamia, wife of Acastus, fell in love with Peleus, and sent him a proposal for a meeting; and when she could not prevail on him she sent word to his wife that Peleus was about to marry Sterope, daughter of Acastus; on hearing which the wife of Peleus strung herself up. And the wife of Acastus falsely accused Peleus to her husband, alleging that he had attempted her virtue. On hearing that, Acastus would not kill the man whom he had purified, but took him to hunt on Pelion. There a contest taking place in regard to the hunt, Peleus cut out and put in his pouch the tongues of the animals that fell to him, while the party of Acastus bagged his game and derided him as if he had taken nothing. But he produced them the tongues, and said that he had taken just as many animals as he had tongues. When he had fallen asleep on Pelion, Acastus deserted him, and hiding his sword in the cows’ dung, returned. On arising and looking for his sword, Peleus was caught by the centaurs and would have perished, if he had not been saved by Chiron, who also restored him his sword, which he had sought and found.  Greek Text

Σ Nem 4.92a – Scholia to Pindar, Nemean Odes – Scholia vetera in Pindari carmina, 3, p. 79, ed. A.B Drachman. Leipzig 1927.

Σ Neph 1063 – Scholia to Aristophanes, Nephelai (Clouds) – Scholia Graeca in Aristophanem, p. 124, ed. F. Dübner. Berlin 1877.

Greek Text

Anakreon 497 PMG – Poetae Melici Graeci, p. 230 ed. D. L. Page. Oxford 1962.

Neph 1061-63 – Aristophanes, Nephelai (Clouds)

For tell me to whom you have ever seen any good accrue through modesty and confute me by your words.

To many. Peleus, at any rate, received his sword on account of it.  Greek Text

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Attic oinochoe.  Peleus and beasts.


Rome Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia 24247.  Attic amphora. Peleus, Cheiron.

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Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 211 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 107, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

Nem 3.32-34 – Pindar, Nemean Odes

Among old examples of excellence is king Peleus, who rejoiced when he cut a matchless spear, and who alone, without an army, captured Iolcus.  Greek Text

Nem 4.54-56 – Pindar, Nemean Odes

But beside the foot of Pelion, [55] Peleus turned a warlike hand against Iolcus and gave it in subjection to the Haemones.  Greek Text

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Edited by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, February, 2018.

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, February 2024.

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