Phineus and the Harpuiai (page 350)

Chapter 12: Iason and the Argo

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AR 2.178 – Apollonios of Rhodes, Argonautika

There Phineus, son of Agenor, had his home by the sea.  Greek Text

Σ AR 2.178Scholia to Apollonios of Rhodes, Argonautika – Scholia in Apollonium Rhodium vetera, pp. 135-36, ed. C. Wendel. Berlin 1935.

Greek Text

ApB 1.9.21 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

Thence they put to sea and came to land at Salmydessus in Thrace, where dwelt Phineus, a seer who had lost the sight of both eyes. Some say he was a son of Agenor, but others that he was a son of Poseidon, and he is variously alleged to have been blinded by the gods for foretelling men the future; or by Boreas and the Argonauts because he blinded his own sons at the instigation of their stepmother; or by Poseidon, because he revealed to the children of Phrixus how they could sail from Colchis to Greece.  Greek Text

ApB 3.8.1 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

and Lycaon, reigning over the Arcadians, begat by many wives fifty sons, to wit: Melaeneus, Thesprotus, Helix, Nyctimus, Peucetius, Caucon, Mecisteus, Hopleus, Macareus, Macednus, Horus, Polichus, Acontes, Evaemon, Ancyor, Archebates, Carteron, Aegaeon, Pallas, Eumon, Canethus, Prothous, Linus, Coretho, Maenalus, Teleboas, Physius, Phassus, Phthius, Lycius, Halipherus, Genetor, Bucolion, Socleus, Phineus, Eumetes, Harpaleus, Portheus, Plato, Haemo, Cynaethus, Leo, Harpalycus, Heraeeus, Titanas, Mantineus, Clitor, Stymphalus, Orchomenus, … These exceeded all men in pride and impiety; and Zeus, desirous of putting their impiety to the proof, came to them in the likeness of a day-laborer. They offered him hospitality and having slaughtered a male child of the natives, they mixed his bowels with the sacrifices, and set them before him, at the instigation of the elder brother Maenalus. But Zeus in disgust upset the table at the place which is stil called Trapezus, and blasted Lycaon and his sons by thunderbolts, all but Nyctimus, the youngest.  Greek Text

Hes fr 157 MW – Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 77, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

Hes fr 254 MW – Hesiod, Megalai Ehoiai (Great Catalogue of Women) – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 124, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

Scholion at Apollonios of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.178 (p.141. 12-15 Wendel)

Hesiod in the Great Catalogue of Women says that Phineus was disabled because he showed the way to Phrixos, and in the third Catalogue, because he chose a long life over eyesight.  (Transl. E. Bianchelli)

Asklepiades 12F31 FGrHDie Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, pp. 174-75, ed. F. Jacoby, 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

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