Charles Meynier, Hélène et Pâris

κἈλένας ἐν στήθ[ε]σιν [ἐ]πτ[όαισε
θῦμον Ἀργείας, Τροΐω δ’ ὐ]π’ ἄν[δρος
ἐκμάνεισα ξ[εν]ναπάτα ‘πὶ π[όντον
ἔσπετο νᾶι,

παῖδά τ’ ἐν δόμ[ο]ισι λίποισ’ [ἐρήμαν
κἄνδρος εὔστρωτον [λ]έχος ὤ[ς Ϝ’ ὐπείκην
πεῖθ’ ἔρωι θῦμο[ς διὰ τὰν Διώνας
παῖ]δα Δ[ίο]ς τε

]πιε . . μανι[
κ]ασιγνήτων πόλεας μ[έλαινα
γα]ῖ ἔχει Τρώων πεδίωι δά[μεντας
ἔν]νεκα κήνας,

πόλ]λα δ’ ἄρματ’ ἐν κονίαισι[
ἤρι]πεν, πό[λ]λοι δ’ ἐλίκωπε[ς ἄνδρες
ὔπτι]οι ‘στείβοντο. φόνωι δ’ [ἔχαιρε
δῖος Ἀ]χί[λλ]ευς.

(Alcaeus fr. 283)

…and fluttered the heart of Argive Helen in her breast; driven mad by the man from Troy, who betrayed his host, she followed in a ship over the sea, leaving her child desolate at home, and her husband’s richly decked bed, since her heart persuaded her to yield to love because of the son of Dione and Zeus. . . . Many of his brothers the dark earth holds, laid low on the Trojan plain for her sake, and many chariots fell in the dust . . . and many dark-eyed men were trampled as they lay on their backs, and god-like Achilles delighted in the slaughter. (tr. Cecil Maurice Bowra)

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