(ll. 472-480) As for Cycnus, Ceyx buried him and the countless people who lived near the city of the glorious king, in Anthe and the city of the Myrmidons, and famous Iolcus, and Arne, and Helice: and much people were gathered doing honour to Ceyx, the friend of the blessed gods. But Anaurus, swelled by a rain- storm, blotted out the grave and memorial of Cycnus; for so Apollo, Leto's son, commanded him, because he used to watch for and violently despoil the rich hecatombs that any might bring to Pytho.
(1) A mountain peak near Thebes which took its name from the Sphinx (called in "Theogony" l. 326 PHIX). (2) Cyanus was a glass-paste of deep blue colour: the `zones' were concentric bands in which were the scenes described by the poet. The figure of Fear (l. 44) occupied the centre of the shield, and Oceanus (l. 314) enclosed the whole. (3) `She who drives herds,' i.e. `The Victorious', since herds were the chief spoil gained by the victor in ancient warfare. (4) The cap of darkness which made its wearer invisible. (5) The existing text of the vineyard scene is a compound of two different versions, clumsily adapted, and eked out with some makeshift additions. (6) The conception is similar to that of the sculptured group at Athens of Two Lions devouring a Bull (Dickens, "Cat. of the Acropolis Museaum", No. 3).
THE MARRIAGE OF CEYX (fragments)
Fragment #1 -- Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, Arg. i. 128: Hesiod in the "Marriage of Ceyx" says that he (Heracles) landed (from the Argo) to look for water and was left behind in Magnesia near the place called Aphetae because of his desertion there.
Fragment #2 -- Zenobius (1), ii. 19: Hesiod used the proverb in the following way: Heracles is represented as having constantly visited the house of Ceyx of Trachis and spoken thus: `Of their own selves the good make for the feasts of good.'
Fragment #3 -- Scholiast on Homer, Il. xiv. 119: `And horse-driving Ceyx beholding...'
Fragment #4 -- Athenaeus, ii. p. 49b: Hesiod in the "Marriage of Ceyx" -- for though grammar-school boys alienate it from the poet, yet I consider the poem ancient -- calls the tables tripods.
Fragment #5 -- Gregory of Corinth, On Forms of Speech (Rhett. Gr. vii. 776): `But when they had done with desire for the equal-shared feast, even then they brought from the forest the mother of a mother (sc. wood), dry and parched, to be slain by her own children' (sc. to be burnt in the flames).