This invocation is of course from that in Il. 2. 484 foll., preceding the catalogue of the ships. It is generally briefer than its prototype; but the subject to be narrated is indicated at greater length. The notion is that an account involving much statistical detail requires the special aid of the goddesses of memory and song. ‘Pandite Helicona’ like “panditur domus Olympi” 10. 1, as if the gates of Helicon held in song. Wagn. well comp. Bacchylides, fr. 14 Bergk, οὐδὲ γὰρ ῥᾷστον ἀρ᾽ῥήτων ἐπέων πύλας ἐξευρεῖν. The notion is probably a complex one, of free utterance and of expounding things unknown. The former is the image in Pind. O. 6. 45, which Wagn. thinks inapplicable, χρὴ τοίνυν πύλας ὕμνων ἀναπιτνάμεν αὐταῖς: comp. the opening of Whytehead's Cambridge Installation Ode, “Fling the gates of music wide, Hold back no more the rush of song.” ‘Movete’ like “moveo” v. 45, whether in any way connected with the preceding image is not clear. There is a plausible variant ‘monete’ in fragm. Vat. and Gud., recognized also by Serv.: comp. v. 41. Wagn. rightly rejects it, but is perhaps too scrupulous when he questions its Latinity. Heins. conj. “cantuque monete,” which is actually found in Canon.
This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
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.