Harvard Studies in Classical Philology Volume 10

Harvard Studies in Classical Philology Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...perhaps not uncommon. Cf. Hesychius, s.v. 10 s 6 Twv Tit&vwv Krjpv UpoftrjOevs, and Pliny, JV. H. vii. 209: animal occidit primus Hyperbius Martis filius, Prometheus bovem. 9. Mines of copper, iron, silver, gold, 500-503. Erichthonius was the inventor of money, according to Pliny, N. H. says that ot irkaoBimes iK 7ri;XoO iirb VLpoiafiitn &vOparoi were those whose bodies Prometheus had 'formed ' and trained in gymnastic exercises, whence he makes Prometheus the inventor of yv/traoriKij. Similarly, Theophrastus explained the fire of Prometheus as (pihtxrotfrla, Schol. Ap. Rh. ii. 1248. 1 Paus. x. 4, 4. 2 Auct. Myth. II, 788 (van Staveren). 8 Preller-Robert, Griech. Myth. I, 82, n. This last is unique and not noticed in either Roscher or Pauly-Wissowa. 5 Cf. Paus. i. 34, 5, ii. 13, 7. vii. 197, while Hyginus, Fab. 274, says that he introduced the use of silver, discovered by Indus. Further, we may notice the Laconian Lynceus, who had eyes so sharp that they could pierce the earth and all solid objects. This was interpreted in euhemeristic fashion by late writers to mean that Lynceus was the first to discover mines of precious metals, and was, in fact, the first miner.1 Again, Cadmus and Aeacus are associated with the discovery in Pliny, N. H. vii. 197. This summary, which does not profess to be exhaustive,2 may serve to show how far the attribution of these different inventions to Prometheus by the Attic poet is unique. It is clear that we have to do here with the distinctively Attic belief of the fifth century touching Prometheus, and this fact has a direct bearing on the date of the play. The poet, who here insists with such vehemence on the benefits wrought by Prometheus to man, must have derived his inspiration from...show more

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