Ode 15 (Dithyramb 1)
The Sons of Antenor, or The Demand for Helen's Return
The [wife] of godlike [Antenor], priestess of Athena ... of battle-rousing Pallas ... golden ...
of the Argives, to Odysseus [son of Laertes
] and Menelaus, the royal son of Atreus, [deep]-waisted Theano ...
... spoke ...
well-built ... with the gods ...
... heart [at midnight] ...
... led ... and their father, the wise hero, made the whole speech of the Achaeans known to king Priam and his sons.
Then heralds rushed through the broad town and brought together the ranks of the Trojans
into the assembly-place of the army. Loud rumor ran everywhere;
and raising their hands to the immortal gods, they prayed for an end to their griefs. Muse, who was the first to begin the words of justice? Menelaus son of Pleisthenes spoke with enchanting words and voice, having conferred with the Graces with beautiful robes:
“Battle-loving Trojans: Zeus, the ruler on high who sees all, is not to blame for the great woes of mortals; all men have a chance to reach unswerving Justice, the attendant of holy
Eunomia and prudent Themis. Prosperous are they whose children take Justice to live with them.
But shameless Hybris, flourishing with shifty greed and lawless empty-headedness, who will swiftly bestow on a man someone else's wealth and power,
and then send him into deep ruin—Hybris destroyed the arrogant sons of the Earth, the Giants.”