Tantalos (page 531)

Chapter 15: The Line of Tantalos

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♠ Od 11.582-92 – Homer, Odyssey

Aye, and I saw Tantalus in violent torment, standing in a pool, and the water came nigh unto his chin. He seemed as one athirst, but could not take and drink; [585] for as often as that old man stooped down, eager to drink, so often would the water be swallowed up and vanish away, and at his feet the black earth would appear, for some god made all dry. And trees, high and leafy, let stream their fruits above his head, pears, and pomegranates, and apple trees with their bright fruit, [590] and sweet figs, and luxuriant olives. But as often as that old man would reach out toward these, to clutch them with his hands, the wind would toss them to the shadowy clouds.  Greek Text

Nostoi fr 4 PEGPoetae Epici Graeci 1, p. 96, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.

Archilochos 91.14-15 W – Iambi et Elegi Graeci 1, p. 35, ed. M.L. West. Oxford 1971.

May the rock of Tantalos not hang over this island  (Transl. Timothy Gantz)

Alkman 79 PMG Poetae Melici Graeci, p. 59, ed. D. L. Page. Oxford 1962.

Alkaios 365 LP – Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta, p. 276, ed. E. Lobel and D.L. Page. Oxford 1955.

Is 8.9-10 – Pindar, Isthmian Odes

Since [10] one of the gods has turned aside for us the stone of Tantalus above our heads  Greek Text

 Pherekydes 3F38 FGrH – Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1p. 73, ed. F. Jacoby. 2 nd ed. Leiden 1957.

Greek Text

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