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Amphion and Zethus admin on 09 Jan 2012

The Seven Walls of Thebes (II)

From childhood

Amphion had discovered

his lyre’s magical properties

in accomplishing tasks

without labour

or physical exertion.

So while Zethus strove to muster

slaves’ labour,

Amphion sat on a cushiony meadow

and began to play his lyre,

which, like the sweet strains

of tuneful birds

that awaken all

to their sonorous call,

enchanted stones

to lift themselves

from the ground

and construct the city’s walls

one by one.

It took but one melody

to raise the stones

into the formation

of the Theban walls.

From the poem Antiope, published in Andromeda, Antiope and Nauplius

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Editor: Dr. Erez Natanblut

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Amphion and Zethus admin on 08 Jan 2012

The Seven Walls of Thebes (I)

The new rulers of Thebes

willed that the city

be fortified with sturdy walls

against attackers,

walls which would have

seven gates

allowing entry and exit.

In this ponderous task,

the quarrelsome and jealous nature

of Zethus surfaced again.

In order to be viewed as the one

with the greater skill and ability,

he organized crews of men

to assemble stones from Mount Cithaeron

and lug them to the outskirts

of the city’s boundaries.

Amphion,

the wiser and more gifted,

thought it would be more profitable

and expedient

to use the magic

of his golden lyre,

which Apollo had given to him

when he first heeded

life’s beckoning.

From the poem Antiope, published in Andromeda, Antiope and Nauplius

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