The Children of Zeus: Apollo (page 96)

Chapter 2: The Olympians

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Homer, Iliad 11.831-32

healing power, whereof men say that thou hast learned from Achilles, whom Cheiron taught, the most righteous of the Centaurs. Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 4.218-19

and with sure knowledge spread thereon soothing simples, which of old Cheiron had given to his father with kindly thought. Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 16.527-29

So spake he in prayer, and Phoebus Apollo heard him. Forthwith he made his pains to cease, and staunched the black blood that flowed from his grievous wound, and put might into his heart. Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 5.401

But Paeëon spread thereon simples that slay pain, and healed him. Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 5.899

He spake, and bade Paeëon heal his hurt; and Paeëon spread thereon simples that slay pain, and healed him. Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 4.232

there every man is a physician, wise above human kind; for they are of the race of Paeëon. Greek Text

Scholion at Homer, Odyssey 4.232  – Scholia Graeca in Homeris Odysseam, ed. W. Dindorf, vol. 1, p. 196. Oxford 1855. 

Greek Text

Hesiod fr 307 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 160, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

Paieon is different from Apollo, as Hesiod also asserts:

     If Phoibos Apollo saves from death

     or Paieon himself, who knows remedies of all kinds (Transl. E. Bianchelli)


Homeric Hymn to Apollo 3.517

So the Cretans followed him to Pytho, marching in time as they chanted the Ie Paean. Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 1.473

they sought to appease the god with song, singing the beautiful paean. Greek Text

Sappho 44 LP – Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta, pp. 36-37, ed. E. Lobel and D. L. Page. Oxford 1955

Sophokles Oidipous Tyrannos (Oedipus Rex, Oedipus the King) 145

For with the god’s help our good fortune—or our ruin—will be made certain. Greek Text

Scholion A at Homer, Iliad 1.39 – Scholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem 1, pp. 11-12, ed. W. Dindorf and E. Maass. Oxford 1875.

Greek Text

Aischylos, Seven against Thebes 145

And you, Apollo, lord of the Wolf, be a wolf to the enemy force. Greek Text

Bakchylides 13.148

and Loxias Apollo, lord of the Lycians. Greek Text

Aischylos, Seven against Thebes 618

if the prophecies of Loxias are to come to fruition. Greek Text

Aischylos, Prometheus Desmotes (Prometheus Vinctus, Prometheus Bound) 669

Yielding obedience to such prophetic utterances of Loxias. Greek Text

Aischylos, Seven against Thebes 689-91

Since God hastens the deed so urgently, let the whole race of Laius, hated by Phoebus, be swept on the wind to Cocytus’ destined flood! Greek Text

Aischylos, Seven against Thebes 743-49

Indeed I speak of the ancient transgression, now swift in its retribution. It remains even into the third generation, ever since Laius—in defiance of Apollo who, at his Pythian oracle at the earth’s center, said three times that the king would save his city if he died without offspringGreek Text

Aischylos, Seven against Thebes 800-802

But lord Apollo, the reverend leader of the seventh,1 took for himself the seventh gate, accomplishing upon the children of Oedipus the ancient follies of Laius. Greek Text

Aischylos fr 350 R – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 3, pp. 416-18, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

Plato, Rep 2.383b

Apollo singing at her wedding, ‘foretold the happy fortunes of her issue’ “Their days prolonged, from pain and sickness free,
And rounding out the tale of heaven’s blessings,
Raised the proud paean, making glad my heart.
And I believed that Phoebus’ mouth divine,
Filled with the breath of prophecy, could not lie.
But he himself, the singer, himself who sat
At meat with us, himself who promised all,
Is now himself the slayer of my son.” Greek Text

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Edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, February 2021

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