Published online by Cambridge University Press: 11 December 2021
Our principal witness to Stesichorus’ Geryoneis is still P.Oxy. 2617, published by Edgar Lobel in 1967. In the almost half-century since its publication there has been extensive discussion: some 500 items are registered in the thirty pages of bibliography in Lazzeri 2008, and more accrued when the new edition of Stesichorus by Davies and Finglass was published.1 The papyrus, with its marginal Ṉ marking a line numbered by the scribe as 1300,2 has contributed greatly to our understanding of the scale and manner of Stesichorean poems, and much attention has been paid to the exchanges between Geryon and his friend or herdsman Menoetes and his mother Callirhoe, and to the way these and the actual killing of Geryon by Heracles exploit and develop the schemata of hexameter (and particularly Homeric) epic. But in the context of this volume and for the purposes of my paper the important contributions are made by two quoted fragments, fr. S17 PMGF = 8 Finglass and fr. S7= 184 PMGF = 9 Finglass.