φοῖνιξ: cp. 344. οἵ τε Θησέως κόροι: Demophon,—the ruler of Athens who figures in Heracleidae,—and his brother Acamas, who in the same play is a mute person at his side (v. 119). These “Θησείδα, ὄζω Ἀθηνῶν” ( Eur. Hec. 125), are plausibly represented as foes of Neoptolemus, since their father Theseus was treacherously slain in Scyros by Lycomedes ( Paus. 1. 17. 6). Arctinus of Miletus (c. 776 B.C.), the author of the “Ἰλίου Πέρσις”, made Neoptolemus the hero of his epic, and introduced the two sons of Theseus in the episode of the wooden horse. On the Acropolis of Athens Pausanias saw the “δούρειος ἵππος” commemorated in bronze. ‘Menestheus and Teucer,’ he adds, ‘are peeping out of it, —and the sons of Theseus’ (1. 23. 8).— These Theseidae do not appear in Il.or Od.; nor does their father, except where Nestor speaks of having known him ( Il. 1. 265), and in a doubtful verse of the “νέκυια” ( Od. 11. 631).
This text is part of:
Table of Contents: