The Statue of Apollo at Delos

Fr. 114 

                                      ;] "ναί, Δήλιος." "ἦ σύ γεπη[

                                    ]ν;" "ναὶ μὰ τὸν αὐτὸν ἐμέ."

                                      ;]"ναί, χρύσεος." "ἦ καὶ ἀφα[ρής

                                                ] ζῶμα μέσον στ[ρέφεται

 5                            σκαιῇ μὲν ἔ]χεις χερὶ Κύνθιε, τ[όξον,

           τὰς δ' ἐπὶ δεξιτερῇ] σὰς ἰδανὰς Χάριτας;ʾ

                                        ]ν ἵν' ἄφρονας ὑβρ[

                                             ]γαθοῖς ὀρέγω·

                                               ]ητοῖσι κολασμο[

 10                                     ἀργό]τερος·

                                               ].εν φίλα χειρὶ δατ[.]σ. αι

                                           ]ντες ἕτοιμον ἀεί,

                                             ]ἵν' ᾖ μετὰ καί τι νοῆσαι

                                             ]ἀγαθὸν βασιλεῖ.

 

Fragment Harder 114 (= 114.4-17 Pf.)
  1-12 P.Oxy. 2208, fr. 3, 4-15 [image], Trismegistos 59406
  2 A.D. Pron. 13.8 sqq
  6 Σ A Il. 14.172
  11-14 P.Oxy. 2211, fr. 2 verso, 1-4 [image], Trismegistos 59407
  12-14 P.Oxy. 2212, fr. 19, 1-3 [image], Trismegistos 59390

This is a dialogue between the Delian statue of Apollo and an interlocutor who asks questions about the fact that he carries a statue group of the Graces in the left hand and a bow the right. Apollo explains that these attributes mean that he is slow to punish the bad and eager to reward the good. It is one of the several aitia on statues with peculiar attributes, although most of the others seem to involve the remembrance of impious behavior.

 

Bibliography

Borgonovo, Paolo and Pietro Cappelletto. 1994. ‘Callimaco frr. 114 e 115 Pf. Apollo “Poligonale” e Apollo Delio.’ Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 103:13-7.

D’Alessio, Giovan Battista. 1995. ‘Apollo Delio, i Cabiri Milesii e le cavalle di Tracia. Osservazioni su Callimaco frr. 114-115 Pf.’ Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 106:5-21.

Fr. 114

σκαιός -ά -όν: left, on the left hand

Κύνθιος -ου, ὁ: Cynthian, of Mt. Cynthus, epithet of Apollo

τόξον -ου, τό: bow

δεξιτερός -ά -όν: right, on the right hand

ἰδανός -ή -όν: fair, comely, attractive

Χάριτες -ων, αἱ: the Graces or Charites. The marble statue group of the three graces from the Metropolitan Museum in New York is based on a Hellenistic original of which sixteen full-size Roman copies are known.

Fr. 114

. . . in your left hand you hold your bow, Cynthian,5

and in your right hand your comely Graces?

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Susan Stephens, Callimachus: Aetia. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Dickinson College Commentaries, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-947822-07-8.https://dcc.dickinson.edu/index.php/callimachus-aetia/uf/statue-apollo-delos