The Isindian Guest

Fr. 78

Ὤφελες οὐλοὸν ἔγ[χος

Fr. 78 Harder (=78 Pf.) P.Oxy. 2213, fr. 2.5-6 [image],
   Trismegistos 59392

This aition provides an explanation of why Isindians were excluded from Ionian sacrifices, namely, because once upon a time an Isindian had killed a guest.

Fr. 78b Harder = (Diegesis I 10-26) P.Mil.Vogl. I 18 col. I 10-26 [image], Trismegistos 59371 

  ῎Ωφελες οὐλοὸν ἐγ[

         ]εις Ἰσίνδιον δ[

         ]. υπα[


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         . .] . [. .] . [

         οισφ[. ].ια[


Fr. 78c = Σ  G. Ov. Ib. 621

Isi<n>dius, a loco sic dictus, <Ae>t<h>alon, hospitem suum, occidit; quare Io<n> omnes homines illius regionis a sacrificio suo repellt.

A certain Isindian, thus being called after the place, killed his guest Aethalus; therefore the Ionians expel all people from that area from their sacrifices.

If only the destructive spear. . .

   neither(?). . .

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Suggested Citation

Susan Stephens, Callimachus: Aetia. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Dickinson College Commentaries, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-947822-07-8.