Pelops and Hippodameia (page 540 lower with art)

Ch. 15: The Line of Tantalos

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Il 2.98-108 – Homer, Iliad

Hardly at the last were the people made to sit, and were stayed in their places, [100] ceasing from their clamour. Then among them lord Agamemnon uprose, bearing in his hands the sceptre which Hephaestus had wrought with toil. Hephaestus gave it to king Zeus, son of Cronos, and Zeus gave it to the messenger Argeïphontes; and Hermes, the lord, gave it to Pelops, driver of horses, [105] and Pelops in turn gave it to Atreus, shepherd of the host; and Atreus at his death left it to Thyestes, rich in flocks, and Thyestes again left it to Agamemnon to bear, that so he might be lord of many isles and of all Argos.  Greek Text

Kypria fr 15 PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, pp. 53-54 ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.

Tyrtaios 12 W – Iambi et Elegi Graeci 2, pp. 157-59, ed. M. L. West. Oxford 1972.

Hes fr 190 MW – Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) – Fragmenta Hesiodea, pp. 90-91, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

P. Oxy. 2502, ed. Lobel

. . . they armed kindre[d] blood. [And after them in her hall]s the noble among women bore daughters, [Lysidike and Nikip]pe and Astydameia, [whom the sons of Perseus m]a[r]ied as wives; [Alkaios,] counselor equal [to a god] m[ade Astydameia his vigorous] bedfellow . . . [and the force of l]or[d Sthe]nelos [married Nikippe] . . . [Herakl]es’s [force] . . . he [or]dained labor[s] . . . [and o]n fastened [chariots] . . .   (Transl. Silvio Curtis)

Paus 6.21.10 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

According to the epic poem called the Great Eoeae the next after Marmax to be killed by Oenomaus was Alcathus, son of Porthaon; after Alcathus came Euryalus, Eurymachus and Crotalus. Now the parents and fatherlands of these I was unable to discover, but Acrias, the next after them to be killed, one might guess to have been a Lacedaemonian and the founder of Acriae. After Acrias they say that Oenomaus slew Capetus, Lycurgus, Lasius, Chalcodon and Tricolonus, who, according to the Arcadians, was the descendant and namesake of Tricolonus, the son of Lycaon.  Greek Text

same as

Hes fr 259a MW – Hesiod, Megalai Ehoiai (Great Catalogue of Women) – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 126, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

Σ Ol 1.127b – Scholia to Pindar, Olympian Odes – Scholia vetera in Pindari carmina, Scholia in Olympionicas 1, p. 45, ed. A.B Drachman. Leipzig 1903.

Greek Text

Σ Ol 1.127b, c, d – Scholia to Pindar, Olympian Odes – Scholia vetera in Pindari carmina, Scholia in Olympionicas 1, pp. 45-46, ed. A.B Drachman. Leipzig 1903.

Greek Text

Paus 5.17.7 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

Oenomaus is chasing Pelops, who is holding Hippodameia. Each of them has two horses, but those of Pelops have wings.  Greek Text

♠ Ol 1.67-89 – Pindar, Olympian Odes

And when he blossomed with the stature of fair youth, and down darkened his cheek, he turned his thoughts to an available marriage, [70] to win glorious Hippodameia from her father, the lord of Pisa. He drew near to the gray sea, alone in the darkness, and called aloud on the deep-roaring god, skilled with the trident; and the god appeared to him, close at hand. [75] Pelops said to the god, “If the loving gifts of Cyprian Aphrodite result in any gratitude, Poseidon, then restrain the bronze spear of Oenomaus, and speed me in the swiftest chariot to Elis, and bring me to victory. For he has killed thirteen [80] suitors,and postpones the marriage of his daughter. Great danger does not take hold of a coward. Since all men are compelled to die, why should anyone sit stewing an inglorious old age in the darkness, with no share of any fine deeds? As for me, on this contest [85] I will take my stand. May you grant a welcome achievement.” So he spoke, and he did not touch on words that were unaccomplished. Honoring him, the god gave him a golden chariot, and horses with untiring wings. He overcame the might of Oenomaus, and took the girl as his bride. She bore six sons, leaders of the people eager for excellenceGreek Text

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Edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, April 2024.

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