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Pausanias, Description Of Greece, 9.8.4


Θηβαίοις δὲ ἐν τῷ περιβόλῳ τοῦ ἀρχαίου τείχους ἑπτὰ ἀριθμὸν ἦσαν πύλαι, μένουσι δὲ καὶ ἐς ἡμᾶς ἔτι. τεθῆναι δὲ τὰ ὀνόματα ἐπυνθανόμην σφίσιν ἀπό τε Ἠλέκτρας ἀδελφῆς Κάδμου καὶ Προιτίσιν ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς τῶν ἐπιχωρίων· ἡλικίαν δὲ Προίτου καὶ τὸ ἀνωτέρω γένος χαλεπὰ ἦν εὑρεῖν. τὰς δὲ Νηίστας ὀνομασθῆναί φασιν ἐπὶ τῷδε. ἐν ταῖς χορδαῖς νήτην καλοῦσι τὴν ἐσχάτην· ταύτην οὖν τὴν χορδὴν Ἀμφίονα ἐπὶ ταῖς πύλαις ταύταις ἀνευρεῖν λέγουσιν. ἤδη δὲ ἤκουσα καὶ ὡς Ζήθου τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ τοῦ Ἀμφίονος τῷ παιδὶ ὄνομα Νῆις γένοιτο, ἀπὸ τούτου δὲ τοῦ Νήϊδος τὰς πύλας κληθῆναι ταύτας.In the circuit of the ancient wall of Thebes were gates seven in number, and these remain to-day. One got its name, I learned, from Electra, the sister of Cadmus, and another, the Proetidian, from a native of Thebes . He was Proetus, but I found it difficult to discover his date and lineage. The Neistan gate, they say, got its name for the following reason. The last of the harp's strings they call nete, and Amphion invented it, they say, at this gate. I have also heard that the son of Zethus, the brother of Amphion, was named Neis, and that after him was this gate called.


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1. Homer, Iliad, 24.614-24.617 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

24.614. /For nine days' space they lay in their blood, nor was there any to bury them, for the son of Cronos turned the folk to stones; howbeit on the tenth day the gods of heaven buried them; and Niobe bethought her of meat, for she was wearied with the shedding of tears. And now somewhere amid the rocks, on the lonely mountains 24.615. /on Sipylus, where, men say, are the couching-places of goddesses, even of the nymphs that range swiftly in the dance about Achelous, there, albeit a stone, she broodeth over her woes sent by the gods. But come, let us twain likewise, noble old sire, bethink us of meat; and thereafter shalt thou make lament over thy dear son 24.616. /on Sipylus, where, men say, are the couching-places of goddesses, even of the nymphs that range swiftly in the dance about Achelous, there, albeit a stone, she broodeth over her woes sent by the gods. But come, let us twain likewise, noble old sire, bethink us of meat; and thereafter shalt thou make lament over thy dear son 24.617. /on Sipylus, where, men say, are the couching-places of goddesses, even of the nymphs that range swiftly in the dance about Achelous, there, albeit a stone, she broodeth over her woes sent by the gods. But come, let us twain likewise, noble old sire, bethink us of meat; and thereafter shalt thou make lament over thy dear son
2. Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, 165 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

165. ἑπτάπυλον ἕδος ἐπιρρύου. Χορός 165. defend your seven- gated home! Chorus
3. Pindar, Pythian Odes, 11.11 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

4. Euripides, Phoenician Women, 110-192, 109 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

109. O Lady Hecate
5. Sophocles, Antigone, 101-140, 100 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

6. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 1.21.3, 5.10.9, 8.2.6-8.2.7, 9.8.6 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

1.21.3. Such were his words. On the South wall, as it is called, of the Acropolis, which faces the theater, there is dedicated a gilded head of Medusa the Gorgon, and round it is wrought an aegis. At the top of the theater is a cave in the rocks under the Acropolis. This also has a tripod over it, wherein are Apollo and Artemis slaying the children of Niobe. This Niobe I myself saw when I had gone up to Mount Sipylus. When you are near it is a beetling crag, with not the slightest resemblance to a woman, mourning or otherwise; but if you go further away you will think you see a woman in tears, with head bowed down. 5.10.9. Most of the labours of Heracles are represented at Olympia . Above the doors of the temple is carved the hunting of the Arcadian boar, his exploit against Diomedes the Thracian, and that against Geryones at Erytheia; he is also about to receive the burden of Atlas, and he cleanses the land from dung for the Eleans. Above the doors of the rear chamber he is taking the girdle from the Amazon ; and there are the affairs of the deer, of the bull at Cnossus, of the Stymphalian birds, of the hydra, and of the Argive lion. 8.2.6. All through the ages, many events that have occurred in the past, and even some that occur to-day, have been generally discredited because of the lies built up on a foundation of fact. It is said, for instance, that ever since the time of Lycaon a man has changed into a wolf at the sacrifice to Lycaean Zeus, but that the change is not for life; if, when he is a wolf, he abstains from human flesh, after nine years he becomes a man again, but if he tastes human flesh he remains a beast for ever. 8.2.7. Similarly too it is said that Niobe on Mount Sipylus sheds tears in the season of summer. I have also heard that the griffins have spots like the leopard, and that the Tritons speak with human voice, though others say that they blow through a shell that has been bored. Those who like to listen to the miraculous are themselves apt to add to the marvel, and so they ruin truth by mixing it with falsehood. 9.8.6. The name Homoloid is derived, they say, from the following circumstance. When the Thebans were beaten in battle by the Argives near Glisas, most of them withdrew along with Laodamas, the son of Eteocles. A portion of them shrank from the journey to Illyria, and turning aside to Thessaly they seized Homole, the most fertile and best-watered of the Thessalian mountains.
7. Philostratus, Pictures, 1.4 (3rd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)



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antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
antigone (sophocles), and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
arcadia Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7
athens, and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
athens Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7
bacchylides, and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
battle of delium Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
cadmos Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 7
chauvinism Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7
democracy, in athens, and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
euripides, and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
herodotus Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 8
homer Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7, 8
hyginus Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 8
myth, and panhellenism Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 8
myth, infrastructures for Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7, 8
mythographic knowledge Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 8
myths, and sophocles' Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
niobe Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7
niobids, the Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6
oedipus, and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
oedipus at colonus (sophocles), and geography Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
oedipus the king (sophocles), and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
panta ta hellenika Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 8
pausanias, biography Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7, 8
pausanias, influences Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 8
pausanias, judges mythic authenticity Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6
peloponnesian war, and the image of thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
pelops Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6
philostratos Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6
pindar, and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
plataea, and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
politics, readership Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 7, 8
polynices (oedipuss son) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
replicas, replication Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7, 8
seven against thebes (aeschylus), and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
sipylos, mt Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7
suppliants, the (euripides), and thebes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
thebes, mythic image of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 151
thebes, seven gates of Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 7, 8
tragedy Hawes, Pausanias in the World of Greek Myth (2021) 6, 8