previous next


[7arg] How the opinions of the Greeks differ as to the number of Niobe's children.

A STRANGE and indeed almost absurd variation is to be noted in the Greek poets as to the number of Niobe's children. For Homer says 1 that she had six sons and six daughters; Euripides, 2 seven of each; Sappho, 3 nine; Bacchylides 4 and Pindar, 5 ten; while certain other writers have said that there were only three sons and three daughters.

1 Iliad xxiv. 602.

2 Frag. 455, N2.

3 Frag. 143, Bergk.

4 Frag. 46, Blass2.

5 Frag. 65, Bergk.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

load focus Introduction (John C. Rolfe, 1927)
load focus Latin (John C. Rolfe, 1927)
hide References (2 total)
  • Cross-references to this page (2):
    • A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1890), JUDEX
    • Smith's Bio, Amphi'on
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: