Labor VI: The Stymphalian Birds (page 393 lower)

Chapter 13: Herakles

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Pausanias, Description of Greece 8.22.4

There is a story current about the water of the Stymphalus, that at one time man-eating birds bred on it, which Heracles is said to have shot down. Peisander of Camira, however, says that Heracles did not kill the birds, but drove them away with the noise of rattles. The Arabian desert breeds among other wild creatures birds called Stymphalian, which are quite as savage against men as lions or leopards. Greek Text

Peisandros fr 4 PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, p. 168, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987


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

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