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Homer, Odyssey, 12.166-12.200
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ἀνστάντες δʼ ἕταροι νεὸς ἱστία μηρύσαντοMy comrades stood up and furled the sail, stowed it in the hollow ship, then sat down at the oars and made the water white with polished pines. Then I cut through a big round cake of wax and kneaded a little bit of it in my well-knit hands.
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αἶψα δʼ ἰαίνετο κηρός, ἐπεὶ κέλετο μεγάλη ἲςThe wax soon melted, since the sun's mighty force and the bright light of lord Hyperionides compelled it, and I rubbed it on the ears of all my comrades, one after another. They bound me on the ship, my hands and feet together, upright in the mast step, and fastened ropes from it
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αὐτοὶ δʼ ἑζόμενοι πολιὴν ἅλα τύπτον ἐρετμοῖς.then they themselves sat and beat the gray sea with their oars. But when I was as far away as one shouting can be heard, quickly making way, the Sirens did not miss our sea-swift ship drawing near and prepared their clear-toned song. 'Come here, much-praised Odysseus, great glory of Achaeans
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νῆα κατάστησον, ἵνα νωιτέρην ὄπ ἀκούσῃς.and land your ship so you can hear our voice. For no one ever passes by here with a black ship before he hears the honey-toned voice from our mouths, then after he enjoys it, he departs, knowing more, since we know everything, all that in wide Troy
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Ἀργεῖοι Τρῶές τε θεῶν ἰότητι μόγησανArgives and Trojans suffered by the will of the gods. And we know whatever happens on the earth that feeds many.' “So said they as they cast their beautiful voice. Then my heart wished to hear them and I bid my comrades free me, by nodding with my eyebrows, but they fell forward and rowed.
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αὐτίκα δʼ ἀνστάντες Περιμήδης Εὐρύλοχός τεEurylochus and Perimedes stood up at once, bound me in more bonds, and squeezed them tighter. Then after they'd driven past them and we could then no longer hear the Sirens' voice or song, my trusty comrades immediately removed the wax
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ὅν σφιν ἐπʼ ὠσὶν ἄλειψʼ, ἐμέ τʼ ἐκ δεσμῶν ἀνέλυσαν.I'd rubbed upon their ears and released me from my bonds. “But when we'd left the island, soon afterward, I saw smoke and a great wave and heard a thud. Oars flew from the hands of the terrified and all then banged against the current. Our ship was held there


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1. Hebrew Bible, Numbers, 27.8 (9th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

27.8. וְאֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל תְּדַבֵּר לֵאמֹר אִישׁ כִּי־יָמוּת וּבֵן אֵין לוֹ וְהַעֲבַרְתֶּם אֶת־נַחֲלָתוֹ לְבִתּוֹ׃ 27.8. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter."
2. Homer, Iliad, 2.134-2.135 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

2.134. /But allies there be out of many cities, men that wield the spear, who hinder me mightily, and for all that I am fain, suffer me not to sack the well-peopled citadel of Ilios. Already have nine years of great Zeus gone by 2.135. /and lo, our ships' timbers are rotted, and the tackling loosed; and our wives, I ween, and little children sit in our halls awaiting us; yet is our task wholly unaccomplished in furtherance whereof we came hither. Nay, come, even as I shall bid, let us all obey:
3. Homer, Odyssey, 2.170-2.172, 5.43-5.261, 5.263-5.379, 7.259-7.260, 9.39-9.61, 9.64-9.75, 9.79-9.104, 9.250-9.414, 10.1-10.76, 10.80-10.574, 12.37-12.54, 12.159, 12.165, 12.167-12.200, 12.208-12.220, 12.233-12.402 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

4. Lycophron, Alexandra, 713-737, 712 (4th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

5. Strabo, Geography, 5.4.3, 5.4.7-5.4.8 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

5.4.7. After Dicaearchia is Neapolis, a city of the Cumaeans. At a later time it was re-colonised by Chalcidians, and also by some Pithecussaeans and Athenians, and hence, for this reason, was called Neapolis. A monument of Parthenope, one of the Sirens, is pointed out in Neapolis, and in accordance with an oracle a gymnastic contest is celebrated there. But at a still later time, as the result of a dissension, they admitted some of the Campani as fellow-inhabitants, and thus they were forced to treat their worst enemies as their best friends, now that they had alienated their proper friends. This is disclosed by the names of their demarchs, for the earliest names are Greek only, whereas the later are Greek mixed with Campanian. And very many traces of Greek culture are preserved there — gymnasia, ephebeia, phratriae, and Greek names of things, although the people are Romans. And at the present time a sacred contest is celebrated among them every four years, in music as well as gymnastics; it lasts for several days, and vies with the pmost famous of those celebrated in Greece. Here, too, there is a tunnel — the mountain between Dicaearchia and Neapolis having been tunneled like the one leading to Cumae, and a road having been opened up for a distance of many stadia that is wide enough to allow teams going in opposite directions to pass each other. And windows have been cut out at many places, and thus the light of day is brought down from the surface of the mountain along shafts that are of considerable depth. Furthermore, Neapolis has springs of hot water and bathing-establishments that are not inferior to those at Baiae, although it is far short of Baiae in the number of people, for at Baiae, where palace on palace has been built, one after another, a new city has arisen, not inferior to Dicaearchia. And greater vogue is given to the Greek mode of life at Neapolis by the people who withdraw thither from Rome for the sake of rest — I mean the class who have made their livelihood by training the young, or still others who, because of old age or infirmity, long to live in relaxation; and some of the Romans, too, taking delight in this way of living and observing the great number of men of the same culture as themselves sojourning there, gladly fall in love with the place and make it their permanent abode. 5.4.8. Next after Neapolis comes the Heracleian Fortress, with a promontory which runs out into the sea and so admirably catches the breezes of the southwest wind that it makes the settlement a healthful place to live in. Both this settlement and the one next after it, Pompaia (past which flows the River Sarnus), were once held by the Osci; then, by the Tyrrheni and the Pelasgi; and after that, by the Samnitae; but they, too, were ejected from the places. Pompaia, on the River Sarnus — a river which both takes the cargoes inland and sends them out to sea — is the port-town of Nola, Nuceria, and Acherrae (a place with name like that of the settlement Cremona). Above these places lies Mt. Vesuvius, which, save for its summit, has dwellings all round, on farm-lands that are absolutely beautiful. As for the summit, a considerable part of it is flat, but all of it is unfruitful, and looks ash-coloured, and it shows pore-like cavities in masses of rock that are soot-coloured on the surface, these masses of rock looking as though they had been eaten out by fire; and hence one might infer that in earlier times this district was on fire and had craters of fire, and then, because the fuel gave out, was quenched. Perhaps, too, this is the cause of the fruitfulness of the country all round the mountain; just as at Catana, it is said, that part of the country which had been covered with ash-dust from the hot ashes carried up into the air by the fire of Aetna made the land suited to the vine; for it contains the substance that fattens both the soil which is burnt out and that which produces the fruits; so then, when it acquired plenty of fat, it was suited to burning out, as is the case with all sulphur-like substances, and then when it had been evaporated and quenched and reduced to ash-dust, it passed into a state of fruitfulness. Next after Pompaia comes Surrentum, a city of the Campani, whence the Athenaeum juts forth into the sea, which some call the Cape of the Sirenussae. There is a sanctuary of Athene, built by Odysseus, on the tip of the Cape. It is only a short voyage from here across to the island of Capreae; and after doubling the cape you come to desert, rocky isles, which are called the Sirens. On the side of the Cape toward Surrentum people show you a kind of temple, and offerings dedicated there long ago, because the people in the neighbourhood hold the place in honour. Here, then, the gulf that is called the Crater comes to an end, being marked off by two capes that face the south, namely, Misenum and Athenaeum. And the whole of the gulf is garnished, in part by the cities which I have just mentioned, and in part by the residences and plantations, which, since they intervene in unbroken succession, present the appearance of a single city.
6. Vergil, Aeneis, 3.645-3.648 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

3.645. Then gifts he bade be brought of heavy gold 3.646. and graven ivory, which to our ships 3.647. he bade us bear; each bark was Ioaded full 3.648. with messy silver and Dodona 's pride
7. Vergil, Georgics, 4.563-4.566 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

4.563. Fire and a fearful beast, and flowing stream. 4.564. But when no trickery found a path for flight 4.565. Baffled at length, to his own shape returned 4.566. With human lips he spake, “Who bade thee, then


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abraham, in odyssey Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
abraham, odysseus Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
abraham, tobiah Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
achaemenides Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
adriatic sea Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
adventure Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
aeneas Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
alcinous Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
apennines Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
athenaion promontory (campania) Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
auximum Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
calypso Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
campania Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
carthage Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
chalcis on euboea Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
cingulum Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
circe Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
circei Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
cora Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
curse Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
cyclops Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
death, by drowning Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
dido Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
endogamy Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
etruscans Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
euboea, settlements from Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
family, in tobit Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
fantham, elaine Johnson, Ovid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses (2008) 130
fish Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
gabael Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
goldhill, simon Johnson, Ovid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses (2008) 130
hardie, philip Johnson, Ovid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses (2008) 130
hero Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
homer, odysseus, love and adventures Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, aea Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, aeolus Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, alcinous Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, carybdis Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, cicones Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, circe Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, cyclops, cyclopes Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, ino-leucothea Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, ithaca Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, laestrygonians Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, lotus-eaters Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, ogygia Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, phaeacians Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, polyphemus Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, poseidon Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, scheria Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, scylla Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
homer, odyssey, sirens Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
inheritance, moral and religious Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
intermediaries, divine, azariah, dispatched to rages Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
italy (italia) Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
ithaca Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
jonah, odysseus Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
jonah, paul (apostle) Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
jonah, tobiah Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
journey, in odyssey Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
juno (hera), ekphrasis linked to temple of Johnson, Ovid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses (2008) 130
latium Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
lykophron Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
malea, cape Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
marriage, arranged in heaven Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
marriage, endogamic Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
minerva, cape Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
misenum Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
neapolis in campania Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
nola Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
nostos, νόστος, return home, tobiah Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
odysseus Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87; Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
ogygia Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
parthenope Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
penelope Johnson, Ovid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses (2008) 130
phaeacians Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
picenum Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
polyphemus Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
pompeii Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
poseidon Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
rages Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
scheria Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
scylla and charybdis Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
seirenes islets Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
sirens Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
sora Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
storm Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
surrentum Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
theocritus Johnson, Ovid before Exile: Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses (2008) 130
time, synchronism Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
time Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
trojan war Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
trojans Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
troy Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
twists, turns, in odyssey Toloni, The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis (2022) 49
ulysses Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87
vesuvius, mt.' Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 146
wandering Farrell, Juno's Aeneid: A Battle for Heroic Identity (2021) 87