Labor V: The Stables of Augeias (page 392 lower)

Chapter 13: Herakles

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Ol 10.26-30 – Pindar, Olympian Odes

he killed Cteatus, the flawless son of Poseidon and Eurytus too, with a will to exact from the unwilling Augeas, strong and violent, the wages for his menial labor. Heracles lay in wait in the thicket below Cleonae, and in his turn overcame those men by the roadside. Greek Text

Il 2.628-29 – Homer, Iliad

even the son of Phyleus, whom the horseman Phyleus, dear to Zeus, begat—he that of old had gone to dwell in Dulichium in wrath against his father. Greek Text

Il 11.698-702 – Homer, Iliad

For to him a great debt was owing in goodly Elis, even our horses, winners of prizes, with their car, that had gone to the games, for they were to race for a tripod; but Augeias, king of men, kept them there, and sent back their driver, sorrowing for his horses. Greek Text

Theok 25 – Theokritos, Idylls: How Heracles Slew the Lion

King Augeas’ fleecy flocks, good Sir, feed not all of one pasture nor all upon one spot, but some of them be tended along Heilisson, others beside divine Alpheüs’ sacred stream, others again by the fair vineyards of Buprasium, and yet others, look you, hereabout; and each flock hath his several fold builded. But the herds, mark you, for all their exceeding number, find all of them their fodder sprouting ever around this great mere of river Menius; for your watery leas and fenny flats furnish honey-sweet grass in plenty, and that is it which swells the strength of the horned kine. Their steading is all one, and ‘tis there upon your right hand beyond where the river goes running again; there where the outspreading platens and the fresh green wild-olive, Sir, make a right pure and holy sanctuary of one that is graciousest of all gods, Apollo o’ the Pastures. Hard by that spot there are builded rare and roomy quarters for us swains that keep close watch over the king’s so much and so marvellous prosperity; aye, we often turn the same fallows for the sowing three and four times in the year.


To this the stalwart child of Zeus answered, saying: “Yea verily, gaffer, I would look upon Augeas king of the Epeians; that which brings me hither is need of him. And so, if so be that caring for his people he abideth with them at the town to give judgment there, pray, father, carry me to one of the bondsmen that is elder and set in authority over these estates, unto whom I may tell what my suit is and have my answer of him. For ‘tis god’s will that one man have need of another.” Greek Text

ΣA Il  2.629 – Scholia A to Homer, Iliad – Scholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem I, p. 123 , ed. W. Dindorf and E. Maass. Oxford 1875.

Greek Text

ΣA Il 11.700Scholia A to Homer, Iliad  – Scholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem 1, p. 406, ed. W. Dindorf and E. Maass. Oxford 1875.

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Edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, January 2021

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