Niobe (page 538 with art)

Ch. 15: The Line of Tantalos

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Aischylos, Niobe fr 154a R – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 3, pp. 267-72, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

Aischylos, Niobe fr 159a R – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 3, p. 275, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

Poet 18.1456a. 15-19 – Aristotle, Poetics

And the proof is that all who have dramatized the Sack of Troy as a whole, and not, like Euripides, piecemeal, or the Niobe story as a whole and not like Aeschylus, either fail or fare badly in competition. Indeed even Agathon failed in this point alone.  Greek Text

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

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Bak 20D SM – Bakchylides, Enkomia – Bacchylidis Carmina cum fragmentis, pp. 101-3, ed. B. Snell and H. Maehler. Leipzig 1970.

Hamburg, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe 1960.1: Attic black-figure Tyrrhenian amphora by the Castellani Painter, children of Niobe fleeing Apollo and Artemis

J. Neils, “Niobe (?) on the Portonaccio Temple at Veii,” Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), 42 fig. 8.

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Paris, Musee du Louvre G341.  Attic red figure crater by the Niobid Painter.  Apollo, Artemis and Niobids.



Sophokles, Niobe fr 441a R – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 4, p. 364, ed. S.L. Radt. Göttingen 1977.

Mor 760d – Plutarch, Moralia – Plutarch 9, pp. 374-75, ed. F. C. Babbitt, Cambridge, Mass., 1957.

Greek Text and English Translation

Athen 13.601a (13.75) Athenaios, Deipnosophistai

And, in fact, there was such emulation about composing poems of this sort, and so far was any one from thinking lightly of the amatory poets, that Aeschylus, who was a very great poet, and Sophocles, too, introduced the subject of the loves of men on the stage in their tragedies: the one describing the love of Achilles for Patroclus, and the other, in his Niobe, the mutual love of her sons (on which account some men have given an ill name to that tragedy); and all such passages as those are very agreeable to the spectators.  Greek Text

ΣT Il 24.602 – – Scholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem 6, p. 478, ed. W. Dindorf and E. Maass. Oxford 1888.

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Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, March 2024.

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