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Early Indo-European Texts

Classical Greek

Winfred P. Lehmann and Jonathan Slocum

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from Pausanias' Description of Greece, Attica 22: 4-5

kai es de tên akropolin estin esodos mia. heteran de ou parechetai, pasa apotomos ousa kai teichos echousa echuron. ta de propulaia lithou leukou tên orophên echei kai kosmô kai megethei tôn lithôn mechri ge kai emou proeiche. tas men oun eikonas tôn hippeôn ouk echô saphôs eipein, eite hoi paides eisin hoi Xenophôntos eite allôs es euprepeian pepoiêmenai. tôn de propulaiôn en dexia Nikês estin Apterou naos. enteuthen hê thalassa esti sunoptos, kai tautê hripsas Aigeus heauton hôs legousin eteleutêsen. anêgeto men gar hê naus melasin histiois hê tous paidas pherousa es Krêtên. Thêseus de -- eplei gar tolmês ti echôn es ton Minô kaloumenon tauron pros ton patera proeipe chrêsesthai tois histiois leukois, ên opisô pleê tou taurou kratêsas. toutôn lêthên eschen Ariadnên aphêrêmenos. entautha Aigeus hôs eiden histiois melasi tên naun komizomenên, hoia ton paida tethnanai dokôn, apheis auton diaphtheiretai.

Translation

There is only one entry to the Acropolis. It does not provide another, being precipitous everywhere and having a strong wall. And the gateway has a roof of white marble, and is unexcelled for the beauty and size of its stones to my day. Regarding the statues of the horsemen, I cannot truly say whether they are the sons of Xenophon or whether they were produced especially for beauty. And on the right of the gateway is the temple of Wingless Victory. From here the sea is visible, and here, as they say, Aegeus throwing himself down died. For the ship carrying the children to Crete put out to sea with black sails. But Theseus, was sailing on something of a venture against the bull of Minos, so called. He had said to his father beforehand that he would sail back with white sails, having conquered the bull. But having lost Ariadne caused him to forget these things. Then Aegeus, when from this point he saw the ship traveling with black sails, thinking that his son had died, throwing himself down killed himself.