Tantalos (page 533 with art)

Chapter 15: The Line of Tantalos

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Paus 10.31.12 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

Under this jar is Tantalus, enduring all the pains that Homer speaks of, and in addition the terror of the stone that hangs over him. Polygnotus has plainly followed the account of Archilochus, but I do not know whether Archilochus borrowed from others the story of the stone or whether it was an invention of his that he introduced into his poem.

So great is the number of the figures and so many are their beauties, in this painting of the Thasian artist.  Greek Text

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

See Early Greek Myth, p. 531

♠ Or 4-10 – Euripides, Orestes

The blessed Tantalus—and I am not now taunting him with his misfortunes— [5] Tantalus, the reputed son of Zeus, flies in the air, quailing at the rock which looms above his head; paying this penalty, they say, for the shameful weakness he displayed in failing to keep a bridle on his lips, when admitted by gods, though he was a man, [10] to share the honors of their feasts like one of them.  Greek Text

♠ Or 982-85 – Euripides, Orestes

Oh! to reach that rock which hangs suspended midway between earth and heaven, that fragment from Olympus, which swings on chains of gold, so that I may utter my lament [985] to Tantalus, my forefather, who begot the ancestors of my house.  Greek Text

♠ Σ Or 7 – Scholia to Euripides, Orestes  Scholia in Euripidem, 1, pp. 96-97, ed. E. Schwartz. Berlin 1887.

Greek Text

Σ Od 11.582 – Scholia to Homer, OdysseyScholia Graeca in Homeris Odysseam 2, p. 523, ed. W. Dindorf. Oxford 1855.

Greek Text

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