Skylla and Glaukos (page 732)

Chapter 18: Other Myths

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Scholion at Homer, Odyssey 12.85 – Scholia Graeca in Homeris Odysseam, vol. 2, pp. 536-37, ed. W. Dindorf. Oxford 1855.

Greek Text

Vergil, Ciris 54-88

Latin Text

Ovid, Metamorphoses 13.749

And the nymph,
daughter of Nereus [of Kratais], thus replied to her.  Latin Text

Ovid, Metamorphoses 13.900-14.74

But Scylla soon
returned (because she did not trust herself
in deep salt waters) and she wandered there
naked of garments on the thirsty sand;
but, tired, by chance she found a lonely bay,
and cooled her limbs with its enclosing waves.

Then suddenly appeared a newly made
inhabitant of that deep sea, whose name
was Glaucus. Cleaving through the blue sea waves,
he swam towards her. His shape had been transformed
but lately for this watery life, while he
was living at Anthedon in Euboea.—
now he is lingering from desire for her
he saw there and speaks whatever words
he thought might stop her as she fled from him.
Yet still she fled from him, and swift through fear,
climbed to a mountain top above the sea.
Facing the waves, it rose in one huge peak,
parting the waters with a forest crown.
She stood on that high summit quite secure:
and, doubtful whether he might be a god
or monster, wondered at his flowing hair
which covered his broad shoulders and his back,—
and marvelled at the color of his skin
and at his waist merged into a twisted fish.

All this he noticed, and while leaning there
against a rock that stood near by, he said: —

“I am no monster, maiden, I am not
a savage beast; I am in truth a god
of waters, with such power upon the seas
as that of Proteus, Triton, or Palaemon—
reared on land the son of Athamas.  Continue Reading  Latin Text

Athenaios, 7.297b [7.48]

 But Hedyl, the mother of this poet, and daughter of Moschine of Atica, a [p. 466] poetess who composed Iambics, in her poem which is entitled Scylla, relates that Glaucus being in love with Scylla came to her cave—

Bearing a gift of love, a mazy shell,
Fresh from the Erythrean rock, and with it too
The offspring, yet unfledged, of Alcyon,
To win th’ obdurate maid. He gave in vain.
Even the lone Siren on the neighbouring isle
Pitied the lover’s tears. For as it chanced,
He swam towards the shore which she did haunt,
Nigh to th’ unquiet caves of Aetna. Greek Text

Hyginus, Fabulae 199

THE OTHER SCYLLA: Scylla, daughter of the River Crataeis, is said to have been a most beautiful maiden. Glaucus loved her, but Circe, daughter of Sol, loved Glaucus. Since Scylla was accustomed to bathe in the sea, Circe, daughter of Sol, out of jealousy poisoned the water with drugs, and when Scylla went down into it, dogs sprang from her thighs, and she was made a monster. She avenged her injuries, for as Ulysses sailed by, she robbed him of his companions.  Latin Text

Servius, Scholion at Eclogues 6.74 – Servii Grammatici qui feruntur in Vergilii Bucolica et Georgica Commentarii, pp. 79-80, ed. G. Thilo. Leipzig 1881.

Latin Text

Scholion at Lychophron, Alexandra 46 – Lykophronis Alexandra, vol.2, pp. 34-35, ed E. Scheer. Berlin 1908.

Greek Text

Lychophron, Alexandra 44-49

Ischenus; who also slew the fierce hound that watched the narrow straits of the Ausonian sea, fishing over her cave, the bull-slaying lioness whom her father restored again to life, burning her flesh with brands: she who feared not Leptynis, goddess of the underworld.  Greek Text

Scholion at Homer, Odyssey 12.85 – Scholia Graeca in Homeris Odysseam, vol. 2, pp. 536-37, ed. W. Dindorf. Oxford 1855. 

Greek Text

Pausanias, Description of Greece 9.22.7

That Glaucus was a fisherman, who, on eating of the grass, turned into a deity of the sea and ever since has foretold to men the future, is a belief generally accepted; in particular, seafaring men tell every year many a tale about the soothsaying of Glaucus. Pindar and Aeschylus got a story about Glaucus from the people of Anthedon. Pindar has not thought fit to say much about him in his odes, but the story actually supplied Aeschylus with material for a play.  Greek Text

Aischylos, Glaukos Pontios fr 25c – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 3, p. 143, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

Aischylos, Glaukos Pontios fr 26 – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 3, p. 146, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

Aischylos, Glaukos Pontios fr 27 – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 3, p. 146, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

Aischylos, Glaukos Pontios fr 28 – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 3, p. 146, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

Aischylos, Glaukos Pontios fr 29 – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 3, p. 147, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

Euripides, Orestes 362-67

when the sailors’ prophet, the truthful god Glaucus, Nereus’ seer, brought the news to me from the waves; [365] he stationed himself in full view and told me this: “Menelaus, your brother lies dead, plunged in a fatal bath, the last his wife will ever give him.”  Greek Text

Palaiphatos 27 – Mythographi Graeci 2, pp. 35-37, ed. N. Festa. Leipzig 1902.

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Edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, March 2022.

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