Semele and Ino (page 473 lower, with art)

Chapter 14: Thebes

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Il 14.323-25 – Homer, Iliad

There was Semele, and Alkmene in Thebes by whom I begot my lion-hearted son Herakles, while Semele became mother to Bacchus the comforter of humankind. Greek Text

Th 940-42 HesiodTheogony

And Semele, daughter of Cadmus was joined with him in love and bore him a splendid son, joyous Dionysus,—a mortal woman an immortal son. Greek Text

Homeric Hymn 1 to Dionysus

… For some say, at Dracanum; and some, on windy Icarus; and some, in Naxos, O Heaven-born, Insewn; and others by the deep-eddying river Alpheus that pregnant Semele bare you to Zeus the thunder-lover. And others yet, lord, say you were born in Thebes; but all these lie. The Father of men and gods gave you birth remote from men and secretly from white-armed Hera.  Greek Text

ΣA Il 1.39 – Scholia A to Homer, IliadScholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem I, pp. 11-12, ed. W. Dindorf and E. Maass. Oxford 1875.

Greek Text 

Tyrtaios 20 W – Iambi et Elegi Graeci 2, p. 161, ed. M.L. West. Oxford 1971.

Sappho, 17 LP – Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta, p. 15, ed. E. Lobel and D.L. Page. Oxford 1955.

Naples, Museo Nazionale Archeologico, Stg 172.  Attic black figure cup.  Dionysos and Semele.


Beazley Archive Pottery Database

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Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, University of Georgia, March 2020

Artistic sources 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, June 2020

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