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Abae -arum), an old city of Phocis, at the obstacles of Boeotia; celebrated for an old temple and oracle of Apollo, who therefore derived t e surname of Abacus.

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Stesichorus lived and composed songs in the Greek west, and is associated with the colonies that had been founded in southern Italy and Sicily beginning in the 8th century bce. His life spanned the last third of the 7th century and the first half of the 6th. Ancient sources claim that he was made blind as a result of having composed a song in the Homeric tradition that condemned Helen for her adultery with Paris. He then composed a second song (a “palinode”) in which he redeemed her by saying that the real Helen spent the period of the Trojan War in Egypt, and only a ghostly imitation of her went to Troy.

Hermes reached her at her loom, singing. The nymph became angry when she heard the injunction from Olympus: You merciless gods are the most jealous creatures of all, who bear a grudge against goddesses having sex with mortal men openly, when one of them makes (a man) her special bedmate. 119–120) She listed the unhappy fates of two such goddesses, the Dawn Goddess who took the hunter Orion as a lover only to have Artemis kill him, or Demeter who made love with Iasion in a field, before Zeus blasted him with a thunderbolt.

Sappho, fr. 94V 1–28) In the following (excerpted) fragment, the poet is consoling a woman named Atthis, who is suffering from the loss of a female companion now in Sardis, Lydia, on the mainland across from the island of Lesbos. â•›. â•›. (she thought of) you like a well-known goddess, and took particular joy in your song. But now she stands out among Lydian women, like the rose-fingered moon when the sun is setting, surpassing all the stars. The light extends over the briny sea as much as over the fields abundant with flowers.

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