Chapter 1: The Early Gods
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♠ Valerius Flaccus 5.431
but scarce can Tethys gather the fragments of yoke and axle. Latin Text
♠ Hesiod, Theogony 956-57
And Perseis, the daughter of Ocean, bore to unwearying Helios Circe and Aeetes the king. Greek Text
♠ Homer, Odyssey 10.136-39
fair-tressed Circe, a dread goddess of human speech, own sister to Aeetes of baneful mind; and both are sprung from Helius, who gives light to mortals, and from Perse, their mother, whom Oceanus begot. Greek Text
♠ Eumelos fr 3 PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, pp. 109-10, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.
♠ Scholion to Odyssey 17.208 – Scholia Graeca in Homeris Odysseam, ed. W. Dindorf, vol. 2, pp. 639-40. Oxford 1855.
♠ Ovid, Metamorphoses 4.192-270
Son of Hyperion! what avails thy light?
What is the profit of thy glowing heat?
Lo, thou whose flames have parched innumerous lands,
thyself art burning with another flame!
And thou whose orb should joy the universe
art gazing only on Leucothea’s charms.
Thy glorious eye on one fair maid is fixed,
forgetting all besides. Too early thou
art rising from thy bed of orient skies,
too late thy setting in the western waves;
so taking time to gaze upon thy love,
thy frenzy lengthens out the wintry hour!
And often thou art darkened in eclipse,
dark shadows of this trouble in thy mind,
unwonted aspect, casting man perplexed
in abject terror. Pale thou art, though not
betwixt thee and the earth the shadowous moon
bedims thy devious way. Thy passion gives
to grief thy countenance—for her thy heart
alone is grieving—Clymene and Rhodos,
and Persa, mother of deluding Circe,
are all forgotten for thy doting hope;
even Clytie, who is yearning for thy love,
no more can charm thee; thou art so foredone.
Leucothea is the cause of many tears,
Leucothea, daughter of Eurynome,
most beauteous matron of Arabia‘s strand,
where spicey odours blow. Continue Latin Text
Hesiod fr 351MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 174, ed. Merkelbach and M.L. West. Oxford 1967.
Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 99-100
bright Selene, daughter of the lord Pallas, Megamedes’ son Greek Text
Homeric Hymn 32 to Selene
The air, unlit before, glows with the light of her golden crown, and her rays beam clear, whensoever bright Selene having bathed her lovely body in the waters of Ocean, and donned her far-gleaming raiment, and yoked her strong-necked, shining team, drives on her long-maned horses at full speed, at eventime in the mid-month: then her great orbit is full and then her beams shine brightest as she increases. So she is a sure token and a sign to mortal men.
Once the Son of Cronos was joined with her in love; and she conceived and bare a daughter Pandia, exceeding lovely amongst the deathless gods. Greek Text
Edited by Elena Bianchelli, Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, University of Georgia, July 2020
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