Apollo, God of Plague

June 5, 2009


The priest Chryses asks Apollo to make the Greeks pay for the wrong they have done him. Iliad 1.37-47, discussed, translated, and read in Greek by Elizabeth Parker, May 2009.

κλῦθί μευ ἀργυρότοξ᾽, ὃς Χρύσην ἀμφιβέβηκας
Κίλλάν τε ζαθέην Τενέδοιό τε ἶφι ἀνάσσεις,
Σμινθεῦ εἴ ποτέ τοι χαρίεντ᾽ ἐπὶ νηὸν ἔρεψα,
ἢ εἰ δή ποτέ τοι κατὰ πίονα μηρί᾽ ἔκηα
ταύρων ἠδ᾽ αἰγῶν, τὸ δέ μοι κρήηνον ἐέλδωρ·
τίσειαν Δαναοὶ ἐμὰ δάκρυα σοῖσι βέλεσσιν.

ὧς ἔφατ᾽ εὐχόμενος, τοῦ δ᾽ ἔκλυε Φοῖβος Ἀπόλλων,
βῆ δὲ κατ᾽ Οὐλύμποιο καρήνων χωόμενος κῆρ,
τόξ᾽ ὤμοισιν ἔχων ἀμφηρεφέα τε φαρέτρην·
ἔκλαγξαν δ᾽ ἄρ᾽ ὀϊστοὶ ἐπ᾽ ὤμων χωομένοιο,
αὐτοῦ κινηθέντος· ὁ δ᾽ ἤϊε νυκτὶ ἐοικώς.

8 Responses to “Apollo, God of Plague”

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  5.   yiwu Says:

    I can not speak Greek.

  6.   Jayne Says:

    I would love to speak Greek!

  7.   Emily Winters Says:

    In my many years of teaching latin and greek I have never heard such a wonderful discussion of this particular section of the Iliad. I am going to share this with my greek club next week! Thanks for sharing.

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