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

Book XIII,   pp. 888-978


Page 971

And in his Io he- calls the flowers children of spring, where -he 
Strewing around sweet children of the spring. 
And in his Centaur, which is a drama composed in many metres 
of various kinds, he calls them children of the meadow- 
There, too, they did invade the countless host 
Of all the new-born flowers that deck the fields, 
Hunting with joy the offspring of the meadows. 
And in his Bacchus he says- 
The ivy, lover of the dance, 
Child of the mirthful year. 
And in his Ulysses he speaks thus of roses 
-And in their hair the Hours' choicest gifts 
They wore, the flowering, fragrant rose, 
The loveliest foster-child of spring. 
And in his Thyestes he says- 
The brilliant rose, and modest snow-white lily. 
And in his Minyte he says- 
There was full many a store of Venus to view, 
Dark in the rich flowers in due season ripe. 
89. Now there have been many women celebrated for 
their beauty (for, as Euripides says- 
E'en an old bard may sing of memory) 
There was, for instance, Thargelia the Milesian, who was 
married to fourteen different husbands, so very beautiful and 
accomplished was she, as Hippias the Sophist says, in his 
book which is entitled Synagoge.   But Dinon, in the fifth 
book of his History of Persia, and in the first part of it, says 
that the wife of Bagazus, who was a sister: of Xerxes by 
the same father, (and- her namae was Anytis,) was .the most 
beautiful and the most licentious of all the women in Asia. 
And Phylarchus, in his nineteenth book, says that Timosa, 
the concubine of Oxyartes, surpassed all women in beauty, 
and that the king of Egypt had originally sent her as a 
present to Statira, the wife of the king. 
And Theopompus, in the fifty-sixth book of his History, 
speaks of Xenopithea, the mother of Lysandrides, as the 
most beautiful of all the women in Peloponnlesus..  And the 
Lacedvemonians put her to death, and her sister Chryse also, 
when Agesilaus the king, having raised a seditious tumult in 
the city, procured Lysandrides, who was his enemy, to be 
-banished by the Lacedsemonians. Pantica of Cyprus was 
9741 
B3EAUTY OF WOMEN. 


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