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Bacchylides, Epinicians (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
For Hieron of Syracuse
Single-horse victory at
Olympia 476 B. C.
Bacchylides, Dithyrambs (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
Ode 20 (Dithyramb 6)
Idas: for the Lacedaemonians
Ode 20 (Dithyramb 6) Idas: for the Lacedaemonians Once in [spacious] Sparta the golden-haired Lacedaemonian such a song when bold-hearted [Idas] led Marpessa, the maiden with lovely [cheeks], fleeing of death Poseidon, the lord of the sea and to him horses [swift as the wind] to well-built Pleuron, the son of [Ares] with golden shield The rest of the ode is lost.
Deianeira There is a saying among men, put forth long ago, that you cannot judge a mortal's life and know whether it is good or bad until he dies. But well I know, even before I have passed away to Hades' domain, that my life is ill-fortuned and heavy.For I, while still dwelling in the house of my father Oeneus at Pleuron, had such fear of marriage as never any woman of Aetolia had. For my suitor was a river-god, Achelous,who in three shapes was always asking me from my father—coming now as a bull in visible form, now as a serpent, sheeny and coiled, now ox-faced with human trunk, while from his thick-shaded beard wellheads of fountain-water sprayed.In the expectation that such a suitor would get me, I was always praying in my misery that I might die, before I should ever approach that marriage-bed. But at last, to my joy, the glorious son of Zeus and Alcmena came andclosed with him in combat and delivered me. The manner of their fighting I cannot clearly recount. I know it not,