The Lyric Possession of an Epic Past
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§1. On the level of content, we have seen some striking similarities between Pindaric song and Herodotean prose in conveying a moral message about the realities of wealth, power, and prestige. The actual tradition of such a moral message can be summed up in one word, ainos, a premier term of self-reference in the epinician medium of Pindar. Though we find no attestations of this term in the Histories of Herodotus, it is by now clear that this work is shaped by the principles of the ainos. Moreover, these principles are cognate with those of historiâ 'inquiry', the medium of Herodotus. The authority of Herodotus is based on the traditional thought patterns of historiâ, just as the authority of Pindar is based on those of the ainos. This relationship of historiâ and ainos can best be seen wherever the prose of Herodotus, in order to demonstrate its authority, makes direct use of song, poetry, and other kinds of prose.
§2. I begin with an example where Herodotus deploys an actual ainos, in the specific sense of 'fable'. We find it in Herodotus' narrative of the overtures made by Persia to Argos, a passage that we have already considered in connection with the Persian manipulation of an Argive myth that would entitle Argos to hegemony over the Peloponnesus (7.150.1-2). 1 In this narrative Herodotus leaves open the possibility that Argos, in its ambition to achieve hegemony and gain the upper hand over its rival, Sparta, cooperated with the Persians and thus betrayed the Hellenes allied against Persia. After giving the Argive version of what really happened (7.148.2-149.3), Herodotus reports three opposing versions.
§3. The first and least damaging of these versions is that Argos, in order to remain neutral toward Persia, deliberately set impossible terms for cooperation with Sparta (7.150.3). Second, Herodotus reports a version derived from Athenian sources, to the effect that the Persian king Artaxerxes, around the time of the Peace of Kallias, declared that no city was more dear to him than Argos (Herodotus 7.151). Then, after declaring that he is not certain whether these two versions are true, he exculpates the Argives by saying that even if these reports were true, the Argives would not thereby be guilty of the very worst deeds imaginable. In support of this thought Herodotus now speaks in a mode of ainos that is characteristic of Aesop's Fables: 1 if all men, he says, were to bring to one place all their kaka 'evils', they would surely, upon seeing what the other man has, take back home whatever they had brought (Herodotus 7.152.2). 2 This formulation is strikingly similar to the attested fable of Aesop known as "The Two Packs," likewise concerning the topic of one man's perception of another man's kaka 'evils' (Aesop Fable 266 Perry, pêrai duo. Immediately after speaking in the mode of an ainos, Herodotus continues in the mode of one who conducts a historiâ:
egô de opheilô legein ta legomena, peithesthai ge men ou pantapasin opheilô, kai moi touto to epos echetô es panta logon
I owe [opheilô] it to tell what is being told, but I by no means owe [opheilô] it to believe it, and what I say here should go for everything I say.
It is only after exculpating the Argives in the mode of an ainos and after making this all-inclusive statement about his procedures in historiâ that Herodotus gets around to the third and final negative version about the Argives: that they themselves, in their rivalry with the Spartans, had invited the Persians to invade Hellas (7.152.3).
§4. Having thus cushioned his negative reports about Argos, Herodotus assumes the stance of a fair and impartial arbitrator. This stance is obviously no longer evident to Greeks of later times, as when Plutarch, in his essay On the Malice of Herodotus, singles out this particular passage of Herodotus about Argos as a prime example of the author's malicious disposition (Plutarch On the Malice of Herodotus 863b-864a). The equitable but always diplomatic approach of Herodotus to the varied interests and prejudices of the city-states in the period after the Persian Wars is lost on Plutarch, who fails to observe the juridical dimension of what Herodotus has to say in the capacity of conducting a historiâ 'inquiry'. In order to appreciate this dimension, we would do well to compare the surviving Greek texts of international, that is, inter-polis arbitration.
§5. Let us consider, for example, an inscription recording the arbitration by King Lysimachus of Thrace, shortly before 281 B.C., of a territorial dispute between the states of Samos and Priene. 1 We may note in particular the phraseology that describes how the people of Priene presented their arguments:
hoi men oun Priêneis tên men ex archês gegenêmenên a[u]t[ois] | [ktêsi]n tês Batinêtidos chôras epedeiknuon ek te tôn historiôn k[ai] | [tôn al]lôn marturiôn kai dikaiômatôn [me]ta tôn hexetôn [spon]dô[n
The people of Priene were seeking to demonstrate [= make an epi-deixis] that the territory called Batinetis belonged to them on the basis of inquiries [historiai], 3 other evidence [marturiai], and documents, including 4 the six-year truce.
We may compare the phraseology used by Herodotus in describing a conflict of claims between the people of Sybaris and the people of Kroton:
marturia de toutôn hekateroi apodeknuousi tade: [...] tauta men nun hekateroi autôn marturia apophainontai: kai paresti, hokoteroisi tis peithetai autôn, toutoisi proschôreein
Both parties make a public display [= verb of apo-deixis] 5 of evidence [marturia] for their claims, as follows: [...] The above, then, are the evidence [marturia] that each of the two parties makes public [= verb apo-phainomai]. 6 It is possible to agree with whichever side one believes.
In this case, as in his account of the policies of Argos at the time of the Persian Wars, Herodotus goes so far in his impartiality as not even to express his own opinion. 7 It suffices for him merely to conduct his historiâ 'inquiry'. Technically the historiâ of Herodotus corresponds to the process of arbitration, not to the actual outcome.
§6. Even in actual cases of juridical arbitration, the procedures do not necessarily lead to a juridical outcome: the given dispute may in the end be settled out of court if the arbitrator finds a successful formula for mediation, that is, if he can induce the two parties to agree mutually to an out-of-court settlement. 1 Otherwise the arbitrator must resort to a juridical verdict as he pronounces a final assessment or award. As one expert puts it, "An arbitrator may mediate, but a mediator as such has no arbitral authority, and in the cases before us, where a solution could not be reached by mutual agreement, the court had the right and the duty of pronouncing an award which was binding upon both parties." 2 In the dispute between Priene and Samos the verdict of the arbitrator, King Lysimachus, has aptly been described as follows:
Note, first, the time and trouble devoted to the settlement of this difference by the ruler of a wide empire, the fair and dispassionate tone which characterizes his rescript, and his evident desire to justify his award to the reason and the conscience of the states directly concerned and of the world at large. And, in the second place, note that, so far as our knowledge goes, this arbitration of Lysimachus closed forever a dispute which had lasted, in varying degrees of intensity, for four centuries at least. 3
§7. The status of the arbitrator may vary considerably, as we see from this description of a verdict rendered in yet another dispute between Priene and Samos: 1
This time it is no powerful monarch who arbitrates, nor yet a large popular tribunal, embodying the democratic ideal of justice, like that court of six hundred Milesians who...adjudicated on the Spartan and Messenian claims to the ager Dentheliates. The matter is referred to the Rhodian state, and from its members a panel of five arbitrators is selected, a small body of men chosen, we may assume, for their character and ability. At the close of their proceedings, they drew up a report upon the whole case, and this reflects credit upon the clarity of their thought and expression, the thoroughness with which they carried out the task entrusted to them and the equitable nature of their final judgement. 2
§8. The evidence used by the arbitrator also varies. In the case of the latter dispute between Priene and Samos, the records show that the arbitrators heard testimony in neutral territory, as also at the disputed territory, 1 whereupon, as they declare, 'we arrived at our decision in accordance with what we have seen' (epo[iêsametha tag] krisin kata ta huph' | [hamôn eph]eorame[na). 2 This figurative sense of 'seeing', clearly attested here in its juridical context of 'knowing', corresponds closely to the etymology of oida 'know' as 'have seen' and of histôr 'witness, arbitrator' as 'he who has seen'. 3 The arbitrator is a superwitness who builds an all-encompassing knowledge of a situation by bringing together the knowledge of all those who bear witness, no matter what their status may be. The crucial factor is the witness's knowledge of the facts, as we see strikingly illustrated in an inscripiton recording the arbitration of a dispute between Condaea and an unknown state, 4 where we are fortunate enough to have the actual deposition of an elderly shepherd who has known the disputed territory from boyhood:
...kai Ladikos ho Askurieus emari[t]urêsen marturian tênde: "mart[u]irei Ladikos Harm[od]iou Askurieus | Kondaieusin: ep[is]tamai tên chôra[n], i[hê]n kai parôn enephanizon tois kritais apo tês koruphês tou N[u]seiou | [k]atabainôn ton en[gi]on pros hêma[s] | [t]opon achri tê[s] pharangos, hês kai Kon[dai]ieis epedeik[n]uon tois kritais, k[ai] | tôn presbuterôn êkouon proscho[rein]i [K]ondaieusi kata to[u]ton ton topon k[ai mo]inos epistamai nomeuôn en têi chôra[i] | pleiô chronon kai [K]ondaieis têrounta[s] | to paragôgion en toutôi tôi topô[i]:"
And Ladikos of Askyris testified as follows: "Ladikos, son of Harmodios, of Askyris, bears witness [= is a martus] to the Condaeans. I know [= verb epistamai] the land, which I also pointed out [= verb of epi-deixis] to the judges as I came down from the summit of Nyseion, the place nearer to us, as far as the defile, which the Condaeans too showed to the judges; and I used to hear from the older men that at this spot the land belongs to the Condaeans; and I know [= verb epistamai] of myself that I have been pasturing my flocks in the territory for a considerable time and that the Condaeans keep the passage-duty at this spot. 5
§9. The juridical sense of 'seeing' / 'knowing' as the foundation of evidence in the process of inquiry must be kept in mind as we consider references to the use of historiâ as evidence in inscriptions recording arbitrations. In some cases such historiai can be identified as known literary works, such as the Histories of Duris of Samos. 1 Even here, however, the juridical heritage of the word historiâ comes through: in the eyes of the law, historiâ as 'inquiry'--even if it also happens to be a literary achievement--is a juridical process. This is as it should be, if indeed the concept of historiâ is derived from the juridical concept of arbitration, as still reflected in the noun histôr 'witness, arbitrator'. This legal point of view, that historiâ even as "history" is still a juridical process, can best be seen in the phraseological combination of apo-deixis 'public display' with historiographoi 'writers of histories' in an inscription recording admissible evidence for an arbitration. 2 We are reminded that the historiâ of Herodotus is technically the apodeixis of his historiâ (Herodotus prooemium). As for the inscription that we are now considering, there is more to the interesting phraseological combination of apo-deixis 'public display' with historiographoi 'writers of histories': besides 'writers of history', we see poiêtai 'poets' also mentioned in the same context, so that the apo-deixis of historians is parallel to that of poets in the eyes of the law.
§10. In this context we may recall the explicit association of the concept of apo-deixis with both logioi 'masters of speech' and aoidoi 'masters of song' in the traditional phraseology of Pindar. 1 For another interesting illustration of such parallelism, I cite the report of Tacitus on the arbitration of a territorial dispute between Sparta and Messenia by the Roman Senate in A.D. 25: the envoys of the Spartans had used as evidence the annalium memoria vatumque carmina 'records of annals and the songs of poets' (Annals 4.43), while the Messenians countered by pointing to the presence of certain ancient statues as evidence for the division of the Peloponnesus among the Herakleidai, the Sons of Herakles (ibid.), and added that si vatum, annalium ad testimonia vocentur, plures sibi ac locupletiores esse 'if they were to cite the evidence of poets and annals, they would have at their disposal more and richer sources' (ibid.).
§11. It is clear that the juridical value of historiâ, as something parallel to poetry, is not confined to the furnishing of factual evidence in our narrowest sense of the word: the admissible evidence to be used in the process of arbitration can include traditional myths as attested by both historiâ and poetry. So also in the Oratio Deliaca of Hyperides, a speech delivered on behalf of Athens' claim to the administration of the Delian Sanctuary in a case of international (again in the sense of inter-polis) arbitration: here the author's copious treatment of myths about the wanderings of Leto and the birth of Apollo and Artemis can be connected with the remark of Maximus Planudes to the effect that Hyperides, 'desirous of proving that the Delian sanctuaries belonged of old time to the Athenians, has made great use of mythology' (Maximus Planudes ad h.l.t. V, p. 481 Walz, = Oratores Attici ii, p. 392 ed. Didot).
§12. For further examples of the use of myths as evidence in cases of arbitration, we have not only the testimony of inscriptions (e.g., SIG 304.35-36) but also such specific anecdotes as the one about Solon's citing two verses from the Homeric Catalogue of Ships (Iliad II 557-558) to the Spartan arbitrators of a territorial dispute between Athens and Megara over the island of Salamis in 519 / 518 B.C. (Plutarch Life of Solon 10). 1 In Plutarch's account the specific word that designates Solon's actual citing of the given verses is apo-deik-numai, the verb of apo-deixis 'public display' (Solon 10.3). Again we see that poetry, the voice of myth, is a source of authority compatible with the juridical process of arbitration.
§13. There is even an instance where the poetic voice can become the vehicle of arbitration. Thucydides reports that the Corcyraeans, in their dispute with the Corinthians, were willing to submit this dispute to arbitration by the Delphic Oracle (1.28). 1 The choice of the Delphic Oracle as an arbitrator was entertained as a course of action only by the Corcyraeans, not by the Corinthians, and the Corcyraeans did so only as a last resort, so that the choice was in fact unusual. 2 This distinctness of the Delphic Oracle as arbitrator is a function of its poetic mode of communication. In a standard book that surveys the attestations of arbitrations, we find only one instance where the Delphic Oracle actually served as arbitrator, in a dispute between Klazomenai and Kyme over the territory of Leuke, 3 and we can see immediately the distinctness of the situation: "no board of judges is appointed, no inquiry is held, no witnesses are heard." 4 Instead the Oracle simply issues a poetic utterance: in the paraphrase of Diodorus, the Oracle says that it awards Leuke to 'whichever state is the first to sacrifice at Leuke, but each must start out from their own territory at sunrise on the same day, which should be fixed by common agreement' (15.18.2). The utterance left considerable room for interpretation: the citizens of Klazomenai quickly founded a settlement that was closer to Leuke and thereby gained the necessary head start to arrive at this destination before the citizens of Kyme (Diodorus 15.18.3).
§14. Despite its authority, then, the utterance of the Delphic Oracle is ambiguous even in cases of arbitration: like the ainos, the spoken word of the Oracle here again functions as a code containing at least two messages, as the citizens of Kyme must have discovered to their distress. 1 The ambiguity of the Oracle may account for its apparently limited use as a court of last resort, but it diminishes in no way its actual authority in upholding the process and even the ideology of arbitration: in fact the sanctuary of the Delphic Oracle was a traditional site for inscribing the records of awards in cases of inter-polis arbitration. 2
§15. I have gone into all this detail in considering the Hellenic institution of inter-polis arbitration because its juridical procedures match so closely the methods used by Herodotus in conducting his historiâ 'inquiry'. As in a case of arbitration, he consistently records divergent as well as convergent testimony and declares his duty to report whatever is being said. A particularly striking illustration is the stance that he takes in considering charges of collaboration between Argos and Persia. 1 As in a typical case of arbitration, moreover, Herodotus too admits as evidence the testimony of historians and poets. We see him, for example, critically examining the findings of his predecessor, Hecataeus of Miletus (e.g., Herodotus 2.143.1, 6.137.1). 2 Also, we see him frequently referring to poetry and song: besides Homer (2.23, 2.53.2, 3; 2.116, etc.) and Hesiod (2.53.2, 3; 4.32), he manages to mention in one context or another such figures as Archilochus (1.12.2), Anacreon (3.121.1), Sappho (2.135), Alcaeus (5.95), Simonides (5.102.3, 7.228.4), Pindar (3.38.4)--whom he explicitly paraphrases (= Pindar F 169.1 SM)--and Aeschylus (2.156.6). Even more frequently Herodotus refers to and quotes the poetic utterances of oracles, especially of the Delphic Oracle.
§16. In view of the established authority of the Delphic Oracle as the repository for recording awards in actual cases of arbitration, it is important to note again the importance of the Oracle in the Histories of Herodotus as the ultimate authority in assessing who was aitios 'responsible, guilty' in the ultimate conflict that he narrates. The guilt of the tyrant Croesus is determined immediately by the authority of Herodotus, who 'indicates' (verb sêmainô) who is guilty as he conducts a historiâ 'inquiry', and ultimately by the authority of Apollo, who is described by Heraclitus as 'indicating' (again, verb sêmainô) his messages through his ambiguous but authoritative Oracle, and whose true message becomes in the end manifest through the narration of Herodotus. 1 In the end the ambiguous code of Apollo arbitrates the conflict between Europeans and Asiatics through the historiâ of Herodotus.
§17. Though Plutarch does not recognize the juridical stance inherent in the narrative of Herodotus, 1 he does observe condescendingly that this narrative is delivered in a mode that resembles that of Aesop's fables. Moreover, Plutarch is making this specific observation in the context of condemning what he deems to be the malice of Herodotus in his use of the utterances of the Delphic Oracle. After quoting a passage in the Histories where Herodotus is paraphrasing an utterance of the Oracle in favor of the Aeginetans and at the expense of the Athenians (Herodotus 8.122-123), Plutarch goes on to say:
ouketi Skuthais oude Persais oud' Aiguptiois tous heautou logous anatithêsi plattôn, hôsper Aisôpos koraxi kai pithêkois, alla tôi tou Puthiou prosôpôi chrômenos apôthei tôn en Salamini prôteiôn tas Athênas
He [= Herodotus] no longer assigns his words, as he makes them up, to Scythians or Persians or Egyptians, in the way that Aesop assigns his to ravens and monkeys, but he uses the persona of the Pythian god [= Apollo at Delphi] in order to prevent the Athenians from receiving the first prize at Salamis. 2
This observation about Herodotus, pejorative though it is, hits the mark in calling our attention to an affinity between his form of discourse and that of Aesop. Technically a fable of Aesop is an ainos, 3 and the Life of Aesop tradition shows that fables of Aesop, as he is said to have told them, were delivered in the ambiguous manner of the ainos, where whatever he says has both an explicit and an implicit meaning--the implication to be derived from the context in which he speaks. 4
§18. For example, Aesop tells his fable of "The Wolves, the Dogs, and the Sheep" 1 to the citizens of Samos, with the implicit meaning that the Lydian king Croesus is like the wolves, that he is like the dogs, and that the Samians are like the sheep. 2 At the moment Croesus is demanding that the Samians extradite Aesop, who had saved them as a dog saves sheep from the wolf, by having already told them another fable, "The Path of Freedom and the Path of Slavery." 3 According to this fable the path of freedom is harsh 4 at the beginning and pleasant at the end, while the path of slavery is the opposite. The path of slavery is characterized specifically by its initial truphê 'luxuriance', to be followed later by harshness. 5 In response to this fable the Samians had decided to accept the path of freedom 6 and had rejected the earlier demand of Croesus that they pay him tribute. 7 We are reminded of the lessons to be learned from the Croesus story of Herodotus, who authoritatively accuses the Lydian tyrant of being aitios 'responsible' for the ultimate conflict between Hellenes and Asiatics (1.5.3 in the context of 1.1.1, 1.2.1, and 1.3.4) precisely because he was the first barbarian, according to Herodotus, who reduced Hellenic cities to the status of tributaries (1.6.2). 8
§19. Later on in the same Life of Aesop narrative, Aesop voluntarily visits the court of Croesus and warns the king not to kill him on account of the blame that would be incurred through such a deed; he reinforces this warning by telling the Lydian tyrant the fable of "The Poor Man and the Cicada": 1 a poor man, who resorts to eating locusts in order to stay alive, happens to catch a cicada, who pleads for his life on the grounds that he does not harm men by robbing them of their possessions, as locusts do, but instead benefits them through his song, 'and you will find nothing more in me than my voice'. 2 The last phrase amounts to a warning: in a fragment of an earlier master of the ainos, Archilochus, 3 we see that the cicada is a master of blame whenever he is wronged (F 223 W). 4 Croesus responds to the warning by sparing the life of Aesop and offering to grant him a favor; Aesop then asks for and is granted a peaceful settlement between the Lydians and the Samians. 5
§20. In this way further meaning comes to light from the sêmeion 'sign' 1 that Aesop had partially interpreted at the beginning of his dealings with the citizens of Samos. 2 At a meeting of the Samian assembly, an eagle had seized and flown away with a ring to be worn by whoever was to be newly elected as 'guardian' of the city's laws. 3 Then the eagle had returned and dropped the ring in the lap of a slave. At the beginning Aesop had interpreted the sêmeion 'sign' 4 by drawing a parallel connecting the eagle with Croesus and the transfer of the ring to the slave with the shift from autonomy to tributary status for Samos. 5 As a reward for his interpretation, however, Aesop demands and is granted emancipation from his own status as slave. 6 In the end, then, the chain of events leads to the further interpretation that Aesop himself has effectively become the true guardian of the laws of the Samians. This quasi-juridical stance of Aesop should be kept in mind as we approach the topic of parallelisms between Aesop and Solon in the stories of their encounters with Croesus of Lydia. 7
§21. With these examples of Aesop's fables in mind, we return to the proposition that Plutarch's pejorative comparison of Herodotus with Aesop is apt. Herodotus too, as we have seen, can speak in the manner of the ainos, occasionally even telling an outright fable 1 and frequently manipulating the Hellenic perspective, as Plutarch charges, by applying to Scythians, Persians, or Egyptians what really applies to Hellenes (On the Malice of Herodotus 871d). 2 In fact the language of Herodotus himself provides testimony that his own tradition of discourse and that of Aesop are related: in an incidental mention of Aesop, Herodotus refers to him as a logopoios 'artisan of speech' (aisôpou tou logopoiou Herodotus 2.134.3). 3 This word logopoios is used by Herodotus to refer to his own predecessor, Hecataeus of Miletus (e.g., hekataiôi tôi logopoiôi Herodotus 2.143.1). 4 Moreover, in the same context where Herodotus incidentally mentions Aesop as a logopoios 'artisan of speech', he mentions the poet Sappho as a mousopoios 'artisan of song' (Sapphous tês mousopoiou Herodotus 2.135.1), and the juxtaposition here of logopoios / mousopoios in the language of Herodotus seems perfectly parallel to the juxtapositon of logios / aoidos 'master of speech / song' in the language of Pindar. 5 In fact we have seen that Herodotus is by implication a logios, a 'master of speech' whose function is parallel to that of a Pindar as aoidos, a 'master of song'. 6
§22. Mention of this juxtaposition not only brings us back to the starting point of our discussion, where we had considered the comparative evidence of Pindar's language in investigating the essence of Herodotus' historiâ. It also brings us to a confrontation with a crucial difference between Aesop and Herodotus, Plutarch notwithstanding: whereas the ainos of Aesop the slave, in line with Aesop's own social position, is lowly, 1 that of Herodotus is elevated. As such, the implicit ainos of Herodotus as logios has more in common with the ainos of a figure like Pindar, whose epinician lyric poetry overtly refers to itself as ainos. 2 Though Plutarch may begrudge Herodotus the quoting of oracles as a way of conveying a message (again On the Malice of Herodotus 871d), such a procedure seems perfectly in keeping with the lofty stance of a man who himself sêmainei 'indicates' from a superior position of knowledge akin to that of the oracles. 3 In fact the prose of Herodotus can combine with the poetry of oracles to convey the same sort of message that is conveyed by the uninterrupted lyric poetry of Pindar.
§23. I close this part of the presentation with an illustration of this principle, where we juxtapose a given Herodotean passage with a corresponding Pindaric one. It seems fitting that the message of both the Herodotean and the Pindaric passages about to be quoted concerns an admonition about the evils of hubris. First, let us look at the passage taken from Herodotus, where the sequence of thought runs through a stretch of prose / poetry / back to prose:
chrêsmoisi de ouk echô antilegein hôs ouk eisi alêthees, ou boulomenos enargeôs legontas peirasthai kataballein, es toiade prêgmata esblepsas:
all' hotan Artemidos chrusaorou hieron aktên
nêusi gephurôsôsi kai einaliên Kunosouran,
elpidi mainomenêi liparas persantes Athênas,
dia Dikê sbessei krateron Koron, Hubrios huion,
deinon maimôonta, dokeunt' ana panta piesthai. 1
chalkos gar chalkôi summixetai, haimati d' Arês
ponton phoinixei. tot' eleutheron Hellados êmar
euruopa Kronidês epagei kai potnia Nikê. es toiauta men kai houtô enargeôs legonti Bakidi antilogias chrêsmôn peri oute autos legein tolmeô oute par' allôn endekomai
I cannot speak against the oracles, claiming that they are not true [alêthees]. I do not wish to try to discredit them, when they speak manifestly, as when I consider what follows:
When they bridge the sea from the sacred headland of golden-sworded Artemis,
with ships, all the way to seaside Kynosoura,
with frenzied ambition [elpis], after having destroyed shining Athens,
then shall bright Justice [Dikê] quench powerful Insatiability [Koros], son of Outrage [Hubris],
who rages terribly, thinking to swallow up the world.
Bronze shall mingle with bronze, and with blood shall Ares
make red the sea. Then will the day of freedom that belongs to Greece
be brought about by wide-seeing Zeus and Lady Nîkê [Victory]. So, looking at what precedes, I do not have the daring [= verb of tolma] to say things that would contradict what Bakis says so manifestly. 2 And I would not stand for it if anyone else would say anything contradictory either.
Now let us examine the analogous passage taken from Pindar, where the sequence of thought runs through a stretch of uninterrupted lyric poetry:
en tai gar Eunomia naiei kasignêta te, bathron poliôn asphales, | Dika kai homotrophos Eirêna, tami' andrasi ploutou, | chruseai paides euboulou Themitos.| ethelonti d' alexein | Hubrin, Korou matera thrasumuthon. | echô kala te phrasai, tolma te moi | eutheia glôssan ornuei legein
There [= in Corinth], Eunomiâ, 3 sure foundation-stone of cities, dwells with Justice [Dikê] and Peace, dispenser of wealth to man, her sisters, golden daughters of Lawfulness [Themis], lady of good counsel. They accede to warding off Outrage [Hubris], the one with the rash words [mûthoi], the mother of Insatiability [Koros]. I have fair things to say, and straightforward daring [tolma] impels my tongue to speak. 4
§24. This juxtaposition of passages from Herodotus and Pindar, revealing important convergences in theme as well as divergences in style, leads to a fundamental observation about both the logioi 'masters of speech' and the aoidoi 'masters of song', who are both treated as conveyors of kleos 'glory' in the words of Pindar. 1 We can see from these juxtaposed passages that the logios and the aoidos are parallel not only as masters of kleos: they are parallel also in what they have to say, that is, in the message that they impart. As for the code of this message, it is explicitly designated as ainos in the diction of the aoidos 'master of song' as exemplified by Pindar. 2 In the diction of the logios as exemplified by Herodotus, however, the corresponding designation is reserved for only one aspect of the code, and that is the poetry, not the prose. In the code of the logios, the explicit message is in prose, while the implicit message is to be found in the poetry as bracketed or paraphrased by the prose. A positive example of this code, as presented by Herodotus, is the sum total of his own Histories, which consistently bear out the messages of the Delphic Oracle and other such sources of authority. A typical negative example on the other hand is evident in the narrative of Herodotus about the collaboration of Onomakritos, singer of oracular utterances, with the Peisistratidai and Aleuadai, tyrants respectively of Athens and Thessaly: Onomakritos is pictured in the act of 'singing oracular utterances [khrêsmoi]' for the purpose of persuading the Great King of Persia (chrêsmôideôn 7.6.5), with the active support of the Peisistratidai and the Aleuadai, who reinforce what he sings by publicly presenting their own supporting judgment (gnômas apodeiknumenoi ibid.). 3 The kind of poetry that is bracketed or paraphrased by the prose of the logios qualifies as ainigma, derivative of ainos, as we see in the use of ainissomai 'utter riddles' in the expression ainissesthai tade ta epea 'to utter in a riddling way the following words' at Herodotus 5.56.1, the end of a prose sequence introducing the quotation of an utterance, in dactylic hexameters, of an oracular dream. 4 Once the poetry of the ainigma is quoted, Herodotus can return to a mode of explicit communication; he therefore reverts to prose.
§25. Herodotus then is like Pindar not only in his self-professed intent to convey kleos. 1 He is also like Pindar in his mastery of the ainos, though his medium is not ainos: rather, it contains ainos. For Herodotus, the heritage of ainos is to be found in the traditions of poetry and song making as they are contained and applied in his Histories by way of quotation, paraphrase, or mere reference.
§26. Even if the medium of Herodotus cannot be called ainos in form, it is parallel to the ainos of a poet like Pindar in both function and content. Just as the songs of Pindar profess the function of upholding kleos, bringing the values of the heroic past into the present, 1 so too the Histories of Herodotus, as he declares in his prooemium. 2
§27. This observation about the function of the traditional forms represented by Pindar and Herodotus can be extended to the level of content as well: just as Pindaric song dwells on the mystical possession of the lyric moment by the epic past of heroes, so too the narrative of Herodotean inquiry falls under the spell of active interventions by the heroes of cult and epic. Let us begin with Pindar: in his songs the heroic past is at times represented as literally intervening into the present through the epiphany of a hero, as when the voice of the poet says that he "met" the hero Alkmaion on the way to Delphi (Pythian8.56-60). 1 In such a context the poet is possessed by the epiphany, in that the intent of his words is controlled by the spirit of the hero. Thus the subtitle of this book, The Lyric Possession of an Epic Past, cuts two ways: while lyric possesses epic as its property, as we have seen from the programmatic assertions of lyric authority to appropriate the content of epic, 2 lyric is also mystically possessed by epic, in that the heroes of epic assert their will, which becomes the content of lyric. 3 So too with Herodotus: the content of his Histories, the narrative, is allowed to be controlled, or at least affected, by the will of heroes. The outcome of a given narrative is frequently marked by an intervention, perceived by the characters within the narrative, of a hero who mystically manifests himself on the scene, as when Herodotus narrates the reports about an epiphany by the local heroes Phylakos and Autonoos in defense of Delphi from the invading Persians (8.34-39). At the very end of the Histories, the first hero who died in the primary epic setting of the Trojan War, Protesilaos, figuratively comes back from the dead to exact retribution and gives meaning to the portent of the preserved fish that come back to life: with this portent the hero Protesilaos literally sêmainei 'indicates' the power of the divine apparatus in bringing about an ultimately just outcome (Herodotus 9.120.2). Meanwhile, the narrative of Herodotus is conveying the same message, that the Hellenes were in the right when they struggled with the common enemy in the Persian War: thus not only the hero gives a sêma 'sign' here, but Herodotus too, as the narrator of this sêma, who already at the very beginning of his inquiry sêmainei or 'indicates' that the Asians started it all (again Herodotus 1.5.3). 4
§28. Although Herodotus veils the divine apparatus that is at work in his narrative, habitually distancing himself from expressing his own adherence to a world view that is predicated on the gods and heroes of the Hellenes, he nevertheless allows that divine apparatus to work its will in the narrative so that the program of themes in his Histories matches what we find in actual poetry and song. Thus, for example, in his narrative of the sea battle at Artemisium, Herodotus notes that the wind that scattered the Persian fleet before the battle was known to the local Greek population as the Hellêspontiês 'the one from the Hellespont' (1.188.2), a detail that conjures up the idea that the divine apparatus was at work in this event. This idea can be reconstructed from two interconnected themes. First, from the standpoint of epic, the Hellespont is associated with Achilles, whose tomb is prominently located there (e.g., Odyssey xxiv 80-84; called sêma at Iliad XXIII 257). 1 Second, the Persians react to this detail of the name Hellêspontiês by associating it with Achilles, by way of his mother Thetis: after the naval disaster they supplicated Thetis for fear that they had angered her since Thetis had been abducted by Peleus--and thus Achilles had been conceived--near the very locale where their fleet had been scattered by the wind (7.191.2). 2 The linking of the wind that scattered the Persian fleet before the sea battle at Artemisium with the divine apparatus of poetic traditions is reinforced by another detail reported by Herodotus, namely, that the Athenians on this occasion sacrificed and prayed to Boreas the North Wind and his consort Oreithyia to scatter the fleet of the Persians (7.189). This detail in the narrative program of Herodotus links it with the narrative program of a composition by Simonides, The Sea Battle of Artemisium (PMG 532-535), which seems to have featured prominently the theme of the divine intervention of Boreas and Oreithyia in the Battle of Artemisium (cf. PMG 534). 3
§29. The similarities between Herodotus and a master of choral lyric like Simonides extend beyond such parallel treatments of themes linked with the divine apparatus of gods and heroes: even the modes of treating these themes are parallel. As in the songs of figures like Simonides and Pindar, we can see in the prose of Herodotus an approach to myth that shades over local features while it highlights the Panhellenic ones. Even on the level of diction, we have already noted the common pattern of avoidance, in both Pindar and Herodotus, of the word mûthos 'myth' with its connotations of surviving links between local myth and local ritual. 1 In dismissing the authority of a tradition that happens to have been accepted by his predecessor, Hecataeus of Miletus, Herodotus refers to this particular tradition as a mûthos (2.23.1). 2 Just as Hecataeus asserts the Panhellenism of his own discourse by simultaneously claiming control of alêthea 'truth' and dismissing the reports of his predecessors as localized myths tied to localized rituals (FGH 1 F 1), so also Herodotus aims at an ever higher degree of universalism by undermining his own predecessor, Hecataeus. 3
§30. Like Pindar, Herodotus not only dissociates himself from mûthos: he also consistently highlights the more Panhellenic aspects of the Greek mythmaking traditions, while shading over the more localized ones. For example, he mentions at 5.94.2- 95.2 a conflict between Athens and Mytilene over a disputed territory in the region of Troy, where the focal points are the "Trojan" Sigeion (cf. Herodotus 4.38.2), an outpost of Athenian power, and the Akhilleion, a rival outpost controlled by Mytilene (Herodotus 5.94.1-2), but he avoids in this context a local narrative tradition, native to Lesbos, concerning a victory of Mytilene over Athens in the form of a duel to the death between Phrynon of Athens, an Olympic winner, and Pittakos of Mytilene, tyrant and lawgiver, as recorded in Diogenes Laertius 1.74 and Strabo 13.1.38 C599-600, where Pittakos succeeded in slaying Phrynon (cf. Plutarch On the Malice of Herodotus 858ab). In their reports of the tradition, Diogenes Laertius and Strabo agree that the Mytilenaeans won in this particular conflict, only to lose later in an arbritration undertaken by Periandros, Tyrant of Corinth (this aspect of the tradition is not omitted in Herodotus 5.95.2). 1 While omitting the story about the victory of Pittakos, as a representative of Mytilene, over the Athenians, Herodotus includes a story that he says he knows from a poem of Alcaeus: the speaker of the poem declares that he has abandoned his armor when he fled after a battle between Mytilene and Athens, a battle won by the Athenians, and that this armor is now hanging as a trophy in the precinct of Athena at the Athenian outpost of Sigeion (Herodotus 5.95.1-2; see Alcaeus F 401 B V). Instead of using a story about the defeat of Athens by Pittakos of Mytilene, Herodotus chooses a story about the defeat of Mytilene by Athens, as experienced by Alcaeus of Mytilene, who happens to be the self-declared enemy of Pittakos (e.g., Alcaeus F 70, 348, 429 V).
§31. In fact one aspect of the Panhellenic stance of Herodotus is the frequency of his cross references to poets who had become or were becoming canonical by the fifth century B.C. Besides Alcaeus (5.95), Herodotus also mentions Archilochus (1.12.2), 1 Anacreon (3.121.1), 2 Sappho (2.135), Simonides (5.102.3, 7.228.4), and even Pindar (3.38.4), whom he explicitly paraphrases (= Pindar F 169.1 SM). 3 To this list we may add figures like Arion, master of the dithyramb at Corinth (1.23), 4 and Aeschylus, master of the medium of tragedy at Athens (2.156.6). The Histories also include cross references to Homer ( 2.23, 2.53.2, 3; 2.116) and Hesiod ( 2.53.2, 3; 4.32). 5
§32. Besides the numerous cross references to canonical poets, we have observed another Panhellenic trend in Herodotus, that is, the even more numerous cross references to the poetry of oracles, especially the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi. 1 The oracular poetry that is bracketed or paraphrased by the Histories of Herodotus qualifies as ainigma, derivative of ainos: we have seen this in the use of ainissomai 'utter riddles' in the expression ainissesthai tade ta epea 'to utter in a riddling way the following words' at Herodotus 5.56.1, the end of a prose sequence that introduces the quotation of an utterance, in dactylic hexameters, of an oracular dream. 2 To repeat: once the poetry of the ainigma is quoted, Herodotus can return to a mode of explicit communication, and he therefore reverts to prose. Alternatively Herodotus may stay within the medium of prose as he paraphrases the messages that can elsewhere be found in poetic wisdom, as we see in his central story of the encounter between Solon the sage and Croesus the tyrant. 3 Even in such situations, however, the direct quotations of Solon as he addresses Croesus, though in prose, function as the equivalent of the direct quotations of Solon in the poetic tradition that is attributed to him. 4
§33. The use of traditions in oracular poetry and wisdom poetry in the Histories of Herodotus, where the form of prose coexists and interacts with forms of poetry, 1 is analogous to such forms of expression as represented by the Lives of the Seven Sages tradition. 2 The traditions about Solon, described as the wisest of the Seven Sages in Plato (Timaeus 20d), 3 follow this pattern of ad hoc poetry bracketed by prose that situates the supposedly historical contexts of the Sage's advice, as reflected for example in Diogenes Laertius 1.49, with the reworked prose narrative bracketing the poetry of Solon F 10 W. 4
§34. The Panhellenic character of the very concept of the Seven Sages is reflected not only by their canonical status but even by the collectivization of their sayings: as we know from the testimony of Plato, it was believed that they were collectively responsible for such sayings as gnôthi seauton 'know yourself' and mêden agan 'nothing in excess', which were inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi (Protagoras 343a-b). In light of such Panhellenism inherent in the Seven Sages theme, it is worthy of note that the cross references in Herodotus to figures eligible for inclusion in the canonical grouping of the Seven Sages are even more frequent than his cross references to the canonical grouping of lyric poets: 1
§35. The close association of the sayings of the Seven Sages with the sayings of the Delphic Oracle, as emphasized in Plato's Protagoras (again 343a-b), is parallel to the association of Solon's message with the message of the Oracle in the Croesus narrative of Herodotus. The warnings of Solon the sage to Croesus the tyrant combine with the warnings of the Oracle of Apollo in conveying the overall ethical message of the Croesus story in Herodotus, which is encoded in the mode of an ainos. 1 The use of oracular poetry in the prose of Herodotus was condemned by Plutarch as akin to the fable making of Aesop (On the Malice of Herodotus 871d), 2 and in fact the utterances of Aesop as framed by the Life of Aesop tradition function in the mode of ainos. 3 Plutarch's pejorative comparison of Herodotus with Aesop is justified to the extent that Herodotus too can speak in the manner of the ainos, occasionally even telling an outright fable. 4 In this connection I cite again the distinction, made by the scholia to Aristophanes Birds471, between Aesopic and 'Sybaritic' fables: whereas the Aesopic discourse concentrates on animals, the 'Sybaritic' concentrates on humans. 5 Inasmuch as Herodotus is said to have settled, died, and been buried in Thourioi (Stephanus of Byzantium s.v. thourioi) , a polis founded ostensibly as a Panhellenic venture, with the involvement of both Athens and Sparta (Diodorus 12.10-11), at a site where once stood the city of Sybaris, that ultimate symbol of luxuriance and the hubris that goes with it, 6 I have argued that the setting of Thourioi as a reborn and reformed Sybaris would have been an ideal context for a reaffirmation of the values that bind Hellenes together in an ultimate conflict against hubris. 7 In this kind of context, the composition of 'Sybaritic' discourse could serve the purpose of ethical instruction for the body politic in an exalted sense of including all Hellenes, and we may note again that the reference in Aristophanes Wasps1258-1260 to two kinds of discourse appropriate for learned merriment, the Aesopic and the 'Sybaritic' (Subaritikoi), includes the specific point that both kinds are to be learned at the symposium. 8
§36. The language of Herodotus provides indirect testimony that his own tradition of discourse and that of Aesop are related: in an incidental mention of Aesop, Herodotus refers to him as a logopoios 'artisan of speech' (aisôpou tou logopoiou Herodotus 2.134.3), and this same word logopoios is used by Herodotus to refer to his own predecessor, Hecataeus of Miletus (e.g., hekataiôi tôi logopoiôi Herodotus 2.143.1). 1 Moreover, in the same context where Herodotus mentions Aesop as a logopoios 'artisan of speech', he mentions the poet Sappho as a mousopoios 'artisan of song' (Sapphous tês mousopoiou Herodotus 2.135.1), and this juxtaposition parallels that of logios / aoidos 'master of speech / song' in the language of Pindar. 2
§37. The parallelisms between the discourse of Herodotus and that of such masters of ainos as Aesop on one extreme and Pindar on the other bring to mind yet another example of the Herodotean use of ainos, that is, the frequent references throughout the Histories to the symbol of the hêmionos 'mule', as introduced in an oracular utterance of Apollo, addressed to the tyrant Croesus of Lydia, concerning the birth of Cyrus, the once and future founder of the Persian Empire: like a mule--born of a socially superior mother, the horse, and of an inferior father, the donkey--so also Cyrus is born of a mother who is a Mede and a father who is a Persian ( Herodotus 1.55.2, 1.91.5).
§38. I have saved for last this particular example of ainos making in Herodotus because it resonates simultaneously with the social loftiness of Pindar and the lowliness of Aesop. Let us consider Aesop as he is represented in Plutarch's Banquet of the Seven Sages (150a): at the banquet held in the banquet hall of the tyrant-sage Periandros of Corinth, Aesop is given a place next to Solon, but he is seated on a diphros 'low chair'; it is in this context that Aesop tells the fable of "The Lydian Mule": a mule, seeing his own image reflected in a river, is struck with self-admiration and starts galloping like a horse, proudly tossing his mane, but then, suddenly realizing that he is the son of an ass, he stops running, and his spirit is broken for good (ibid.). 1
§39. The symbol of the mule in Greek traditions of myth and ritual serves to define, as a negative foil, the very essence of political power and legitimacy. Let us consider again the ideology of the Olympic Games, that ultimate symbol of power and sovereignty. 1 In line with this ideology, it is tabu to breed mules within the territory that serves as the setting for the Games, the region of Elis, and in fact it is said to be impossible to do so (Herodotus 4.30.1); for that reason, during the season when the female horses of that region are in heat, they are herded outside Elis to be mated with male donkeys (4.30.2; Pausanias 5.5.2; Plutarch Greek Questions 52, 303b). The breeding of mules outside Elis, setting for the Olympics, is a foil for the implied breeding of thoroughbred horses inside Elis, as conveyed by the name of Hippodameia, containing the theme of horses and their taming or domination. The marriage of this figure Hippodameia to Pelops constitutes the archetype of political domination in the Peloponnesus. 2 By extension, the symbol of the mule as applied to Cyrus, founder of the Persian Empire and archetypal threat to Greek civilization, serves as a foil for the purebred legitimacy of Pelops as the dynastic prototype of the Hellenes and, in that capacity, as the preeminent hero of the Olympic Games. 3
§40. Such a foil of illegitimacy does not have to be foreign: the symbol of the mule is a traditional theme for testing the essence of sovereignty in Hellenic myths native the Peloponnesus. There is, for example, a story native to Elis about one Oxylos, described as the driver of a mule, whose advice to the Herakleidai was the key to their occupation of the Peloponnesus (Pausanias 5.3.5-6). In return for his advice Oxylos was awarded possession of Elis (ibid.), which is the setting of the Olympic Games. This same Oxylos is credited with the invention of the astrabê 'mule saddle' (scholia to Pindar Pythian 5.10b Drachmann). In view of the Spartan connections of Oxylos (Pausanias 5.4.1-2), we may note the riddling story in Herodotus 6.67-69 about the Spartan hero Astrabakos , whose name means something like 'the one with the mule saddle'. 1 In this complex story as reported by Herodotus, the hero Astrabakos took the place of King Ariston of Sparta in impregnating the queen, begetting King Demaratos, according to the story within a story told to Demaratos by his mother (6.69.1-5); according to the detractors of King Demaratos of Sparta, in contrast, he was begotten not by Ariston, nor by the hero Astrabakos, but by some onophorbos, a 'stableboy who tends donkeys' (6.68.2, 69.5). Now hêmionoi 'mules' are known to be sterile, and they are said to give birth only by miracle (e.g., Herodotus 3.151.2- 153.2). Moreover, before King Ariston married the queen who gave birth to Demaratos, he had two previous wives with whom he had failed to produce children (Herodotus 6.61.1-2). It seems then that the theme of the stableboy who tends donkeys is linked with the meaning of 'mule' implicit in the name of Astrabakos. There is an air of illegitimacy conjured up by this name. 2 There is also an air of illegitimacy about Demaratos, which seems connected with the themes of his formal disqualification as king (Herodotus 6.65.3-67.3), his subsequent escape from Sparta (6.70.1-2), and, most important, his role as a prominent advisor of Xerxes when the Persians invade Hellas (e.g., 7.101-104). 3 There is room for speculation that had Xerxes succeeded in conquering the Greeks, Demaratos would have been installed by the Persians as an unconstitutional tyrant of the Peloponnesus. 4 Since Astrabakos belongs to the royal patriliny of the Agiadai (Pausanias 3.16.9), while Ariston stems from the Eurypontidai, it has even been suggested that "a Eurypontid king with an Agiad divine father would seem ideally suited for replacing the Spartan dual kingship by a monarchy." 5 In this connection we may note the remark of Herodotus that Demaratos was the only Spartan king up to that time ever to have won in the chariot races at the Olympic Games (6.70.5). Such a feat promotes the kind of legitimation that is sought by tyrants. 6 While giving such feats their due, the narrative of Herodotus, consistently inimical as it is to the institution of tyranny, undercuts the legitimation that goes with it.
§41. This theme brings us finally to the glorification of such legitimation, as conferred by the epinician themes inherited through the song-making traditions of Pindar. Just as Herodotus parallels the lowly Aesop with themes of ainos reminiscent of the fable, so also he parallels the lofty Pindar, again with themes of ainos, this time reminiscent of the epinician ode. But these themes are used by Herodotus not to promote the legitimation of those who seek or already possess power. Rather they are there to undercut such legitimation; thus the themes are consistently historicized and therefore demystified. Let us take, for example, the exalted theme of phuê 'nature', which is contrasted with the foil of artificial glorification in order to convey "a natural and spontaneous enthusiasm that is divinely inspired" in epinician song making (as in Pindar Olympian2.86, Nemean1.25). 1 In contrast, the concept of phuê in Herodotus is presented in an ambiguous context, where the resources of culture, of artifice, are being used by the tyrant in order to manipulate nature. In a celebrated story of Herodotus about the seizure of political power by Peisistratos of Athens, Phuê is the name of a stunningly beautiful woman, three finger-lengths short of four cubits in stature, whom Peisistratos dresses up in full armor and with whom he then rides from the countryside into the city of Athens (1.60.4). Heralds have prepared the way, announcing the news that Athena herself is installing Peisistratos as the supreme power; the populace, when they see Phuê on the chariot, recognize her as Athena and accept the domination of Peisistratos (1.60.5). 2 The natural endowments of a beautiful woman have been manipulated by the artifice of a tyrant--an artifice comparable to the strategies of epinician ainos. In his public presentation of Phuê, Peisistratos has brought to life a central metaphor of the epinician tradition. 3 In the ideology of epinician song making, phuê 'nature' represents those spontaneous occasions when "the subject must speak for itself." 4 In the ideology of Herodotean ainos, such a spontaneous occasion is in fact an illusion created through artistry, through the artifice of the tyrant. 5
§3n1. On ainos as a 'fable' of Aesop: sources in N 1979.239 §18n2.
§3n2. For the juridical implications, see Detienne 1973.88-89.
§5n1. Hiller von Gaertringen 1906 no. 500. Also Piccirilli 1973.17, no. 4. On the dating, see Tod 1931.41.
§5n2. Hiller von Gaertringen ibid.
§5n3. In what follows, I shall attempt to demonstrate why the juridical sense of 'inquiries' is more appropriate here for the word historiai than the literary sense of 'histories'.
§5n4. I am following here the interpretation of Piccirilli ibid.
§5n5. On the semantics of apo-deixis: Ch.8§4n1, Ch.8§5 and following.
§5n6. Cf. Ch.8§4n1.
§5n7. For a dramatic example of a case where Herodotus does indeed express his own opinion, I cite the case of Croesus, as discussed at Ch.8§22 and following.
§6n1. For such cases, see Tod 1913.123-127.
§6n2. Tod 1913.127.
§6n3. Tod 1932.56.
§7n1. For the inscription, see Hiller von Gaertringen 1906, Inschriften von Priene no. 37. See Tod 1913.41 (early second century B.C.).
§7n2. Tod 1932.56-57.
§8n1. Inschriften von Priene no. 37.20-24.
§8n2. Inschriften von Priene no. 37.24-25.
§8n3. Cf. Benveniste 1969 II 173-175.
§8n4. IG 9.2.521, early third century B.C., found at Larisa.
§8n5. Translation after Tod 1913.148-149. See also lines 19-38 of the same inscription, IG 9.2.521, for similar depositions given by local fishermen.
§9n1. Duris of Samos FGH 76 F 25. See Piccirilli 1973.21.
§9n2. SIG 685.93 (Crete, second century B.C.): [poiê]tôn kai historiographôn apodeixeis.
§10n1. Cf. Ch.8§9 and following, especially Ch.8§13n4.
§12n1. The testimony of Plutarch is to be supplemented by Strabo 9.1.10 C394; cf. Aristotle Rhetoric 1375b and Quintilian Institutio oratoria 5.11.40. Cf. Tod 1913.134n2; also Piccirilli 1973.46-56.
§13n1. For a commentary on this passage of Thucydides, see Piccirilli 1973.112-116.
§13n2. Tod 1913.95.
§13n3. Tod ibid. This instance is recorded by Diodorus 15.18 (date: sometime after 383 B.C.). See also Piccirilli 1973.164-165; also pp. 11-16, citing one other exceptional instance where the Delphic Oracle reportedly served as arbitrator; in this case the dispute concerned the possession of a golden tripod fished from the sea.
§13n4. Tod ibid.
§14n1. As for the winners, the people of Klazomenai established a festival, called the prophthasia 'anticipation', to commemorate their victory (Diodorus 15.18.3).
§14n2. For an inventory of inscriptions recording awards in cases of inter-polis arbitration, see Tod 1913.95n2.
§15n1. Cf. Ch.11§2; cf. also the earlier discussion at Ch.10§46.
§15n2. Survey of Herodotean references to Hecataeus in How and Wells 1928 I 24-25. On Hecataeus as logopoios 'artisan of speech', see Ch.8§13n4.
§16n1. Cf. Ch.8§39 and following.
§17n1. Cf. Ch.11§4.
§17n2. Plutarch is taking Herodotus to task for what he deems to be malice against Themistokles and the Athenians. Herodotus reports that the Delphic Oracle had pronounced Aegina and not Athens as worthy of the first prize for valor publicly displayed at the Battle of Salamis. We know that according to local Athenian traditions as reflected by Isocrates (Panegyric 72), Athens supposedly got the first prize. It surely seems ironic to us, at least, that Herodotus' account here, especially in the subsequent section that is neither quoted nor even mentioned by Plutarch (Herodotus 8.124.1), is in fact diplomatically complimentary to Themistokles.
§17n3. Sources in N 1979.239 §18n2.
§17n4. For an introduction to the Life of Aesop tradition, see N, pp. 279-316. The implicit meaning of a fable may also be derived from the context in which one does something: see Karadagli 1981.75-76 on Herodotus 5.92.
§18n1. Life of Aesop 97 and Aesop Fable no. 153 Perry.
§18n2. Aesop wants the Samians to inscribe this fable on a mnêma 'monument' that is to be dedicated to him after his death (Life of Aesop G 96). See N 1979.286n1: "This narrative device of a self-fulfilling prophecy implies that the Life of Aesop tradition had once been suitable for an inscription in a precinct of Aesop as cult-hero." Note the reference in Life of Aesop W 100 to a temenos 'precinct' set aside in honor of Aesop by the citizens of Samos; at G 100, this precinct is called the Aisôpeion. For further discussion, including a comparison with the cult precinct of Archilochus at Paros known as the Arkhilokheion, see N, pp. 285-286n1.
§18n3. Life of Aesop 94 and Aesop Fable no. 383 Perry.
§18n4. In Life of Aesop 94, the word for 'harsh' (path) is trâkheia, the same word used in a comparable context by Herodotus 9.122.2. See Ch.9§26.
§18n5. Life of Aesop G 94.
§18n6. Life of Aesop 95.
§18n7. For the wording about the tribute, see Life of Aesop 92.
§18n8. Cf. Ch.10§50.
§19n1. Life of Aesop 99 and Aesop Fable no. 387 Perry.
§19n2. Life of Aesop W 99; in version G 99 the distinction between locust (akris) and cicada (tettix) is garbled.
§19n3. On self-references in Archilochean poetry to ainos (e.g., F 174 W), see N 1979.283.
§19n4. Cf. N 1979.283, 302.
§19n5. Life of Aesop 100.
§20n1. The word is related to sêma 'sign', as discussed at Ch.8§21, Ch.8§27 and following.
§20n2. Life of Aesop 81.
§20n3. Life of Aesop G 81. Aesop refers to this ring as stratêgikos 'belonging to the stratêgos' (G 91). Since the word stratêgos 'general' designates 'lawgiver' at Aesop Fable 348 Perry, a story that reveals striking parallels with the Samian story of Maiandrios, successor to the tyrant Polykrates (Herodotus 3.142-143; see Ch.11§21n1), it may be pertinent also to compare the story of the Ring of Polykrates (Herodotus 3.41-42).
§20n4. Again Life of Aesop 81.
§20n5. Life of Aesop 91.
§20n6. Life of Aesop 90.
§20n7. Cf. Ch.11§32 and following. Note too the preoccupation of Aesopic fables with the juridical theme of guilt (as expressed by aitiâ 'responsibility' and its derivatives): survey by Karadagli 1981.108-109.
§21n1. See also Ch.11§3. For a survey of instances where Herodotus tells fables, see Karadagli 1981 on Herodotus 1.25 (p. 77), 1.41 (pp. 23, 65), 1.158-159 (pp. 78-79), 3.46 (pp. 84-85), 4.131-132 (p. 91), 5.92 (pp. 75-76), 6.86 (pp. 35-37). Note too the close correspondence between the story of Maiandrios of Samos, Herodotus 3.142-143, and the fable of "The Wolf as Lawgiver and the Ass," Aesop Fable no. 348 Perry, as discussed by Detienne and Svenbro 1979.218-221. In this Aesopic fable the title of stratêgos 'general' is applied to the status of a lawgiver.
§21n2. Cf. Ch.11§17. Note, for example, the fable of "The Aulos-Player and the Fish," as told by the Persian king Cyrus (Herodotus 1.141). This kind of manipulation is not limited to fables in the strict sense of the word. I cite the celebrated passage known as the Debate of the Consitutions, Herodotus 3.80-88. I cite also the distinction, made by the scholia to Aristophanes Birds471, between Aesopic and 'Sybaritic' fables: the latter supposedly concentrate on humans while the former concentrate on animals. Compare the reference in Aristophanes Wasps1258-1260 to two kinds of discourse appropriate for learned merriment, the Aesopic and the 'Sybaritic' (Subaritikoi), both of which are to be learned at the symposium.
§21n3. Aesop gets the same title in Aristotle Constitution of the Samians, F 573 Rose. The context of Herodotus' mention of Aesop suggests that he was aware of the narrative traditions about Aesop in Samos, as attested in the passages of the Life of Aesop (81-95; see Ch.11§21n1, Ch.11§20n3). Herodotus says that both a Thracian woman called Rhodopis and Aesop himself (also referred to as a Thracian in, e.g., Aristotle Constitution of the Samians, F 573 Rose) were slaves of one Iadmon, and that Rhodopis was taken to Egypt by 'Xanthes the Samian', from where she was later ransomed by the brother of Sappho (Herodotus 2.134-135). In the Life of Aesop, a Samian called Xanthos is the last of three masters who own Aesop as slave; in the end Xanthos frees Aesop (90). The first of the three masters, who is not named in the Life, may very well be the same character as the 'Iadmon' of Herodotus. (It should be clear from my choice of the word character that I think of sameness here not in terms of prosopography but rather in terms of story types.)
§21n4. Cf. Ch.11§15n2.
§21n5. Cf. Ch.8§13n4.
§22n1. For a striking illustration of this social perspective, consider the image of Aesop in Plutarch Banquet of the Seven Sages 150a: at the banquet Aesop is given a place next to Solon, but he sits on a diphros 'low chair' (it is in this context that Aesop tells the fable of "The Lydian Mule"). We may note the parallelism between Aesop and Solon as sages who visit the court of Croesus the Lydian: Life of Aesop 99 (Ch.11§19) and Herodotus 1.29.1 ( Ch.8§45).
§22n2. Cf. Ch.6§3 and following.
§22n3. Cf. Ch.8§21, Ch.8§27 and following.
§23n1. An emendation for the manuscript reading pithesthai : discussion in Powell 1939.117. Retaining the manuscript reading, Fontenrose 1978.185 translates dokeunt' ana panta pithesthai as 'thinking to subdue the world'.
§23n2. On the figure of Bakis, see Ch.6§49.
§23n3. On the metaphorical associations of Eunomiâ, a word that conveys the notion of good government achieved through good laws, cf. N 1985.43, 61.
§23n4. In this passage the emphasis is on having the tolma 'boldness' to say good things, whereas in the previous passage the emphasis is on not having the tolma to say bad things. Cf. Hubbard 1986.37-38.
§24n1. Cf. Ch.8§10 and following.
§24n2. Cf. Ch.6§3 and following.
§24n3. See Ch.6§26. Combined with the direct object gnômên / gnômâs 'opinions, judgments', the verb apo-deik-numai 'make a public presentation of' is used in contexts where someone is presenting his views in public, and the contexts include three specific instances of self-expression by Herodotus (2.146.1, 7.139.1, 8.8.3). See Ch.8§5.
§24n4. Cf. also the use of the same verb in Aristophanes Birds970, where the subject is the oracular Bakis. On the figure of Bakis, see again Ch.6§49.
§25n1. Cf. Ch.8§10 and following.
§26n1. Cf. Ch.6§9, Ch.6§84 and following.
§26n2. Cf. Ch.8§8 and following, Ch.8§10 and following.
§27n1. See Ch.6§88.
§27n2. Cf. Ch.6§84 and following. By extension, whatever private individual possesses the lyric performance as his property is thereby also possessing the heroic heritage.
§27n3. Cf. Ch.7§3.
§27n4. See Ch.9§35.
§28n1. N 1979.341, 344-345.
§28n2. Cf. Ch.6§86n1; also N, pp. 344-345.
§28n3. Cf. Ch.6§86n1. For more on the theme of winds as "divine equalizers," cf. Hohti 1976.46, citing Herodotus 8.12-13; 7.178, 189.
§29n1. Cf. Ch.2§31.
§29n2. Ibid. Cf. again How and Wells 1928 I 170.
§30n1. Cf. Ch.2§44n3.
§31n1. Cf. Ch.10§20.
§31n2. Note the context of Herodotus 3.121.1: the tyrant Polycrates of Samos is pictured as reclining in the men's quarters in the company of Anacreon of Teos.
§31n3. Of the nine canonical poets of lyric poetry proper (cf. Ch.3§2), only four are missing in Herodotus: Alcman, Stesichorus, Ibycus, and Bacchylides.
§31n4. Herodotus 1.24.1 draws attention to the association of Arion with Periandros, Tyrant of Corinth.
§31n5. Cf. Ch.11§15.
§32n1. Cf. Ch.11§17 and following.
§32n2. Cf. also Ch.11§24.
§32n3. Cf. Ch.8§50.
§32n4. Cf. ibid.
§33n1. Cf. the discussion of chantefable at Ch.1§54n3.
§33n2. On this tradition, see Snell 1966 , especially p. 118. On the canonical membership of the grouping known as the Seven Sages, see Ch.8§44n2. See especially Diogenes Laertius 1.35, 61, 71, 78, 85, 91, quoting poetry attributed respectively to Thales, Solon, Khilon, Pittakos, Bias, Kleoboulos (missing here from the group of seven is any repertoire for Periandros); the meter and diction of this poetry point to the fifth century B.C. or earlier (cf. Snell, p. 118).
§33n3. Cf. Ch.8§16n1.
§33n4. Cf. also Plutarch Life of Solon 25.6, bracketing Solon F 7 W, and the commentary in N 1985.31, comparing Solon F 7 with Theognis 24. Besides the format of poetry bracketed by prose, there is also evidence for the format of poetry bracketed by poetry, such as PSI IX no. 1093, where the sayings of Khilon of Sparta are introduced by a hexameter narrative. The sayings include mêden agan 'nothing in excess' (lines 21-22) and engua, para d' ata 'a pledge, and already there is perdition' (line 22); cf. Plato Charmides 165a and Protagoras 343a-b. Commentary by Snell 1966  117-118.
§34n1. The listing that I give here corresponds closely to the canonical membership of the Seven Sages as discussed in Ch.8§44n2. We have already noted in that discussion that such figures as Pythagoras of Samos / Kroton are also eligible for inclusion as variants. There are cross references to him as well in Herodotus (2.81.2; 4.95.1, 2; 96).
§34n2. On the semantics of theôros as 'he who sees [root hor-] a vision [theâ]', see Ch.6§35. On Solon as theôros, see Herodotus 1.30.2; also 1.29.1 and the commentary at Ch.6§42n2.
§34n3. Cf. "Plato" Hipparchus 228b: kala erga sophias apedeixato '[Hipparkhos] presented publicly the beautiful accomplishments connected with his understanding of poetry [sophiâ]', with commentary at Ch.6§31.
§35n1. Cf. Ch.8§45 and following, especially Ch.8§47.
§35n2. Cf. Ch.11§17.
§35n3. Cf. Ch.11§18 and following.
§35n4. Cf. Ch.11§21.
§35n5. Cf. Ch.11§21n2.
§35n6. On the Sybaris theme, see Ch.9§20n1.
§35n7. Cf. Ch.10§46.
§35n8. Cf. Ch.11§21n2.
§36n1. Cf. Ch.11§21.
§36n2. Cf. Ch.8§13n4.
§38n1. Cf. Ch.11§22n1. In this context, Plutarch Banquet of the Seven Sages 150a, it is made explicit that Aesop has been sent by Croesus of Lydia as an emissary both to Periandros and to the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi.
§39n1. Cf. Ch.4§10 and following on the aetiological centering of the Olympics on the hero Pelops; also Ch.4§20 on Pelops as the inaugurator of a kingship that serves as the model of political power and sovereignty in the Peloponnesus. In the narrative at Herodotus 1.59.1 concerning the portent of the boiling cauldron, presaging the birth of the tyrant Peisistratos of Athens, there is an implied ideological equation of the fire of Olympic victory with the essence of political power: Ch.4§11n2, Ch.4§11n3.
§39n2. On the dynasty of Pelops as the model of political power and sovereignty in the Peloponnesus, see again Ch.4§20.
§39n3. Cf. Ch.4§10 and following. I disagree with the view that the myth of Pelops and Hippodameia may have conveyed some sort of aetiological analogy to the breeding of mules outside of Elis, where the Elian Hippodameia is to a horse as the non-Elian Pelops is to a donkey (bibliography in Calame 1977 I 418-419). In this connection I stress that the Pelopion 'Precinct of Pelops' anchors this figure to Olympia in Elis ( Ch.4§10).
§40n1. Burkert 1965.173n23.
§40n2. We may note that astrabikon is the name of a type of bucolic song supposedly initiated at Karyai by rustic folk as a displacement, after the devastation of the Persian War, of choral performances by aristocratic girls (Probus by way of Servius 3.2, p. 324.8ff Thilo-Hagen; cf. Calame 1977 I 267n182 and 274n194, where further references are given; the pertinent texts are quoted in Nilsson 1906.198n1). On the traditional theme of rustic outsiders, formerly excluded from the city as illegitimate, whose institutions become subsequently included and thereby legitimated, see Ch.13§18 and following.
§40n3. On Demaratos as a "warner" of Xerxes, cf. Boedeker 1987.195-196.
§40n4. Burkert, p. 175n30, with bibliography.
§40n5. Seeberg 1966.74.
§40n6. Cf. Ch.6§21 and following.
§41n1. Bundy  16; cf. also Bundy 1972.90n113.
§41n2. For a valuable analysis of this episode, with important comparative observations concerning the politics of festivals and festive events in general, see Connor 1987.
§41n3. Cf. Slater 1984.260-263.
§41n4. Bundy  16.
§41n5. For more on the Pindaric themes of spontaneity and artistry, nature and art, cf. Hubbard 1985.107-124.