Once verily he came to Mycenae, not as an enemy, but as a guest, in company with godlike Polyneices, to gather a host; for in that day they were waging a war against the sacred walls of Thebe, and earnestly did they make prayer that glorious allies be granted them; and the men of Mycenae were minded to grant them, and were assenting even as they bade, but Zeus turned their minds by showing tokens of ill. So when they had departed and were with deep reeds, that coucheth in the grass, there did the Achaeans send forth Tydeus on an embassage. And he went his way, and found the many sons of Cadmus feasting in the house of mighty Eteocles. Then, for all he was a stranger, the horseman Tydeus feared not, all alone though he was amid the many Cadmeians, but challenged them all to feats of strength and in every one vanquished he them full easily; such a helper was Athene to him. But the Cadmeians, goaders of horses, waxed wroth, and as he journeyed back, brought and set a strong ambush, even fifty youths, and two there were as leaders, Maeon, son of Haemon, peer of the immortals, and Autophonus’ son, Polyphontes, staunch in fight. But Tydeus even upon these let loose a shameful fate, and slew them all; one only man suffered he to return home; Maeon he sent forth in obedience to the portents of the gods. Greek Text
Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 193 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 92, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.
Thebais fr 1 PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci, p. 22, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.
Sing, Goddess, of thirsty Argos, whence the lords… (Transl. T. N. Gantz)
Thebais fr 2 PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci, pp. 23-24, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig, 1987.
Athenaios 11.465e – Athenaei Naucratitae Dipnosophistarum libri xv, G. Kaibel. 3 vols. Leipzig 1887-90. Vol. 3, p. 14
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