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Athenaeus of Naucratis / The deipnosophists, or, Banquet of the learned of Athenæus
volume II (1854)

Book X,   pp. 648-725

Page 648

afterwards slain by Hercules with a blow of his fist, (on which 
account Hercules left Calydon,) was Archias; but in the 
second book of the Phoronis he calls him Cherias: but Hero- 
dorus, in the seventeenth book of his account of the Exploits 
of: Hercules, calls him Eunomus. And Hercules also, with- 
out intending it, killed Cyathus, the son of Pyles and brother 
of Autimachus, who was acting as his cupbearer, as Nicander 
relates in the second book of his History of (Eta; to whom 
also he says that a temple was dedicated by Hercules nll the 
Proschium, which to this day is called the Temple of the 
But we will stop this conversation at this point, and begin 
the next book with an account of the voracity of Hercules. 
1.   But a wise poet should behave 
Like one who gives a splendid feast; 
And so if he is wise should he 
Seek the spectators to delight, 
So that each one, when he departs, 
May think that he has drunk and eaten 
Exactly what he'd most have wish'd; 
Not that there should have been but one 
Dish for all sorts of appetites, 
Or but one kind of writing for all tastes. 
These, my good friend Timocrates, are the words of Asty- 
damas the tragedian, in his satyric drama of Hercules. Come, 
let us now proceed to mention what is consistent with what 
we have said before, to show how great an eater Hercules 
was. And this is a point in his character mentioned by 
nearly all poets and historians. Epicharmus, in his Busiris, 
For if you were to see him eat, you would 
Be frighten'd e'en to death; his jaws do creak, 
His throat with long deep-sounding thunder rolls, 
His large teeth rattle, and his dog-teeth crash, 
His nostrils hiss, his ears with hunger tremble. 
And Ion, in his Omphale, having mentioned his voracity, 
And then, excited by th' applause, he rose 
And swallow'd all the logs and burning coals. 
[B. IX. 

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