2.4.2 – Bellerophon was never king of Corinth

[2] Βελλεροφόντην δὲ οὐκ αὐτοκράτορα ὄντα βασιλεύειν, εἶναι δὲ ἐπὶ Προίτῳ καὶ Ἀργείοις ἐγώ τε πείθομαι καὶ ὅστις τὰ Ὁμήρου μὴ πάρεργον ἐπελέξατο. φαίνονται, δὲ καὶ Βελλεροφόντου μετοικήσαντος ἐς Λυκίαν οὐδὲν ἧσσον οἱ Κορίνθιοι τῶν ἐν Ἄργει δυναστῶνΜυκηναίοις ὑπακούοντες: ἰδίᾳ τε οὐδένα παρέσχοντο ἄρχοντα τῆς ἐπὶ Τροίαν στρατιᾶς, συντεταγμένοι δὲ Μυκηναίοις καὶ ὅσων ἄλλων Ἀγαμέμνων ἡγεῖτο μετέσχον τοῦ στόλου.

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With the word πείθομαι in the first sentence, Pausanias pulls away the persona of objectivity and introduces his thoughts about whether Corinth’s greatest hero, Bellerophon, was also one of her kings.  How many different arguments does Pausanias martial to make his point? Which is the most convincing to you?


Places Named in Pausanias’ description of Corinth (Google Earth): Argos, Lycia, Troy