•  Theogony 1-21  •

•  Hesiod  •

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You can follow the original text, recited in reconstructed Ancient Greek pronunciation. First an English translation:


From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing,
who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon,
and dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring
and the altar of the almighty son of Cronos,
and, when they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus
or in the Horse's Spring or Olmeius,
make their fair, lovely dances upon
highest Helicon and move with vigorous feet.
Thence they arise and go abroad by night,
veiled in thick mist, and
utter their song with lovely voice,
praising Zeus the aegis-holder, and queenly Hera
of Argos who walks on golden sandals,
and the daughter of Zeus the aegis-holder bright-eyed Athena,
and Phoebus Apollo, and Artemis who delights in arrows,
and Poseidon the earth holder who shakes the earth,
and revered Themis, and quick-glancing Aphrodite,
and Hebe with the crown of gold, and fair Dione,
Leto, Iapetus, and Cronos the crafty counsellor,
Eos, and great Helius, and bright Selene,
Earth, too, and great Oceanus, and dark Night,
and the holy race of all the other deathless ones that are for ever.

Μουσάων Ἑλικωνιάδων ἀρχώμεθ᾽ ἀείδειν,
αἵ θ᾽ Ἑλικῶνος ἔχουσιν ὄρος μέγα τε ζάθεόν τε
καί τε περὶ κρήνην ἰοειδέα πόσσ᾽ ἁπαλοῖσιν
ὀρχεῦνται καὶ βωμὸν ἐρισθενέος Κρονίωνος·
καί τε λοεσσάμεναι τέρενα χρόα Περμησσοῖο
ἢ Ἵππου κρήνης ἢ Ὀλμειοῦ ζαθέοιο
ἀκροτάτῳ Ἑλικῶνι χοροὺς ἐνεποιήσαντο
καλούς, ἱμερόεντας· ἐπεῤῥώσαντο δὲ ποσσίν.
Ἔνθεν ἀπορνύμεναι, κεκαλυμμέναι ἠέρι πολλῇ,
ἐννύχιαι στεῖχον περικαλλέα ὄσσαν ἱεῖσαι,
ὑμνεῦσαι Δία τ᾽ αἰγίοχον καὶ πότνιαν Ἥρην
Ἀργεΐην, χρυσέοισι πεδίλοις ἐμβεβαυῖαν,
κούρην τ᾽ αἰγιόχοιο Διὸς γλαυκῶπιν Ἀθήνην
Φοῖβόν τ᾽ Ἀπόλλωνα καὶ Ἄρτεμιν ἰοχέαιραν
ἠδὲ Ποσειδάωνα γαιήοχον, ἐννοσίγαιον,
καὶ Θέμιν αἰδοίην ἑλικοβλέφαρόν τ᾽ Ἀφροδίτην
Ἥβην τε χρυσοστέφανον καλήν τε Διώνην
Λητώ τ᾽ Ἰαπετόν τε ἰδὲ Κρόνον ἀγκυλομήτην
Ἠῶ τ᾽ Ἠέλιόν τε μέγαν λαμπράν τε Σελήνην
Γαῖάν τ᾽ Ὠκεανόν τε μέγαν καὶ Νύκτα μέλαιναν
ἄλλων τ᾽ ἀθανάτων ἱερὸν γένος αἰὲν ἐόντων.

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