Fables: Lycaon


Latin Text

Ad Lycaonem Pelasgi filium Iovis in hospitium venisse dicitur et filiam eius Callisto compressisse; ex quo natus est Arcas, qui ex suo nomine terrae nomen indidit. sed Lycaonis filii Iovem tentare voluerunt, deusne esset, [et] carnem humanam cum cetera carne commiscuerunt idque in epulo ei apposuerunt. qui postquam sensit iratus mensam evertit, Lycaonis filios fulmine necavit. eo loco postea Arcas oppidum communivit quod Trapezous nominatur. patrem Iuppiter in lyci figuram mutavit.


Jove is said to have come as guest to Lycaon, son of Pelasgus, and to have seduced his daughter Callisto. From them Arcas was born, who named the land from his own name. But the sons of Lycaon wanted to test Jove, to see whether he was a god or not; they mixed human flesh with the other meat, and set it before him at a banquet. When he realized it, in anger he overturned the table, and slew the sons of Lycaon with a thunderolt. At that place Arcas later fortified a town which he called Trapezus. Jupiter changed their father into the form of a wolf.