Epigram 9.474

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What Idothea would say on seeing Helen in Pharos

Codex Palatinus 23, p.439

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τί ἂν εἴποι Εἰδοθέα ἰδοῦσα τὴν Ἑλένην ἐν Φάρῳ
οἰκτείρω σὸν κάλλος, ἐπεὶ Διός ἐσσι γενέθλη.
εἰσορόω γὰρ ἄγαλμα διοτρεφές: ἀτρεκέως δὲ

Τρωσί τε καὶ Δαναοῖσι μάχη δεκέτηρος ἐτύχθης.

ποῦ Διὸς αἰγιόχοιο, τεοῦ γενετῆρος, ἀρωγαί;
ἔμπης δ᾽ ἔρχεο θᾶσσον, ἀπήμονα νόστον ἑλοῦσα
Εἰδοθέης ἰότητι, κακῆς ἐπὶ νῶτα θαλάσσης.

— Paton edition

I pity thy beauty, since thou art the child of Zeus.
For I see a god-nourished form, and verily thou wast
the cause of the ten years' war between Greeks and
Trojans. Where is the help of aegis-bearing Zeus
thy father? But go soon on thy way, making, by
the kindness of Idothea, a safe voyage home over
the back of the cruel sea.

— Paton edition

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Divinités
Peuples, lieux
Personnages mythiques, divinités mineures

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Paton Edition notes on Description: According to the story followed by Euripides in his Helena, the real Helen was in Egypt during the Trojan war.

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