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Pindar, Pythian (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien), Pythian 4 For Arcesilas of Cyrene Chariot Race 462 B. C. (search)
once leave the holy island and found a city of fine chariots on a shining white breast of the earth, and carry outin the seventeenth generation the word spoken at Thera by Medea, which once the inspired daughter of Aeetes, the queen of the Colchians, breathed forth from her immortal mouth. She spoke in this way to the heroes who smmon. Instead of short-finned dolphins they will have swift horses, and reins instead of oars, and they will drive storm-footed chariot teams. That token shall makeThera the mother-city of great cities, the token which once, beside the out-flowing waters of lake Tritonis, Euphemus received as he descended from the prow, a clod of ehe race of Euphemus was planted, to continue forever. And having gone to share the home of the Lacedaemonians, in time they left to settle the island once called Calliste. From there the son of Leto granted that your race should bring prosperity to the plain of Libya, with the honor of the gods, and govern the divine city of golde
Pindar, Pythian (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien), Pythian 5 For Arcesilas of Cyrene Chariot Race 462 B. C. (search)
lfilled. It is Apollo who dispenses remedies to men and women for grievous diseases,and who bestowed on us the cithara, and gives the Muses' inspiration to whomever he will, bringing peaceful concord into the mind, and who possesses the oracular shrine; wherefore he settled the mighty descendants of Heracles and Aegimius in Lacedaemonand in Argos and in sacred Pylos. But it is my part to sing of the lovely glory that comes from Sparta, where the Aegeidae were born, and from therethey went to Thera, my ancestors, not without the gods; they were led by a certain fate. From there we have received the feast with its many sacrifices, and at yourbanquet, Carneian Apollo, we honor the well-built city of Cyrene, which is held by foreigners who delight in bronze, the Trojan descendants of Antenor. For they came with Helen, after they had seen their native city consumed in the smoke of war. And that horse-driving race was faithfully welcomed with sacrifices by men who came to them bringing gif
Pindar, Pythian 4 (ed. Steven J. Willett), poem 4 (search)
oracle that Battos would be founder of fruitbearing Libya, so that he'd finally leave the holy island and plant a city of fine chariots on a chalky breast of earth, and redeem in the seventeenth generation the word of Medea which at Thera once Aeëtes' fierce daughter breathed from immortal lips, the Colchean queen. Thus she spoke to the demigods who sailed with spearman Jason: "Hear me, you sons of bold-hearted men and gods: I say that from this wave-beaten land the daughtt of other cities, cities renowned among men, amid the foundations of Zeus Ammon. "And, changing short-finned dolphins for swift horses, they shall ply reins rather than oars and drive chariots with stormfoot teams. That Omen shall make Thera metropolis of mighty cities, the Omen which once amid the stream from lake Triton, Euphemus, descending the prow, received from a god in human form who offered him a guest-gift of earth —for him father Zeus, son of Kronos, rang out a peal o
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 7 (search)
country. Pliny notes, however, that in his time it had ceased to he produced there, and our supply comes from Persia and the East Indies. Cyrenis: Cyrenae (Gr. *kurh/nh) was the capital of the district of Libya, called Cyrenaica, that bordered upon the Syrtis major. It was founded, according to tradition, about the middle of the seventh century B.C., by Battus, otherwise called Aristotle, a Greek from the island of Thera, and attained great reputation as a centre of trade, and as the birthplace of Eratosthenes, Aristippus, and Callimachus. oraclum Iovis: the Egyptian deity Ammon, or Hammon, originally worshipped in Thebes under the form of a ram, or of a human figure with a ram's horns, had his most famous temple and oracle in the oasis of Siwah in the Libyan desert, 400 miles from Cyrene (Plin. l.c.). He was ident
Sallust, The Jugurthine War (ed. John Selby Watson, Rev. John Selby Watson, M.A.), chapter 19 (search)
be silent, than to say but little; especially as time bids me hasten to other matters. Next to the Catabathmos,Next to the Catabathmos] Ad Catabathmon. Ad means, on the side of the country toward the Catabathmos. "Catabathmon initium ponens Sallustius ab eo discedit."Kritzius. then, which divides Egypt from Africa, the first city along the sea-coastAlong the sea-coast] Secundo mari. "Si quis secundum mare pergat."Wasse. is Cyrene, a colony of Theræans;Of Theræans] Therœôn. From the island of Thera, one of the Sporades, in the Ægean Sea, now called Santorin. Battus was the leader of the colony. See Herod., iv. 145; Strab., xvii. 3; Pind. Pyth., iv. after which are the two Syrtes,Two Syrtes] See c. 78. with LeptisLeptis] That is, Leptis Major. See above on this c. between them; then the Altars of the Philæni,Altars of the Philæni] see c. 79. which the Carthaginians considered the boundary of their dominion on the side of Egypt; beyond these are the other Punic towns. The other regions,
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