Aristeas of Proconnesus

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    A marvel exceeding great is this withal to my soul—
    Men dwell on the water afar from the land, where deep seas roll.
    Wretches are they, for they reap but a harvest of travail and pain,
    Their eyes on the stars ever dwell, while their hearts abide in the main.
    Often, I ween, to the Gods are their hands upraised on high,
    And with hearts in misery heavenward-lifted in prayer do they cry.

    (Longinus excerpt from Arimaspea)
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    Aristeas, a somewhat mythical personage in ancient Greece, said to have lived in the time of Cyrus and Croesus, or, according to some, ca. 690 B.C.
    We are chiefly indebted to Herodotus (iv. 13-15) for our knowledge of him and his poem Arimaspeia. He belonged to a noble family of Proconnesus, an island colony from Miletus in the Propontis, and was supposed to be inspired by Apollo.
    He travelled through the countries north and east of the Euxine, and visited the Hyperboreans, Issedonians and Arimaspians, who fought against the gold-guarding griffins. An important historical fact which seems to be indicated in his poem is the rush of barbarian hordes towards Europe under pressure from their neighbours. Twelve lines of the poem are preserved in Tzetzes and Longinus.
    Wonderful stories are told of Aristeas. At Proconnesus, he fell dead in a shop; simultaneously a traveller declared he had spoken with him near Cyzicus; his body vanished; six years afterwards, he returned. Again disappearing, 240 years later he was at Metapontum, and commanded the inhabitants, to raise a statue to himself and an altar to Apollo, whom he had accompanied in the form of a raven, at the founding of the city.

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