λλʼ ὁ μὲν Αἰθίοπας μετεκίαθε τηλόθʼ ἐόντας ,
Αἰθίοπας τοὶ διχθὰ δεδαίαται , ἔσχατοι ἀνδρῶν ,
οἱ μὲν δυσομένου Ὑπερίονος οἱ δʼ ἀνιόντος ,
ἀντιόων ταύρων τε καὶ ἀρνειῶν ἑκατόμβης .
ἔνθʼ ὅ γʼ ἐτέρπετο δαιτὶ παρήμενος · οἱ δὲ δὴ ἄλλοι
Ζηνὸς ἐνὶ μεγάροισιν Ὀλυμπίου ἁθρόοι ἦσαν .
τοῖσι δὲ μύθων ἦρχε πατὴρ ἀνδρῶν τε θεῶν τε ·
μνήσατο γὰρ κατὰ θυμὸν ἀμύμονος Αἰγίσθοιο ,
τόν ῥʼ Ἀγαμεμνονίδης τηλεκλυτὸς ἔκτανʼ Ὀρέστης ·
τοῦ ὅ γʼ ἐπιμνησθεὶς ἔπεʼ ἀθανάτοισι μετηύδα ·
ὢ πόποι , οἷον δή νυ θεοὺς βροτοὶ αἰτιόωνται
Howbeit Poseidon had gone among the far-off Ethiopians—the Ethiopians who dwell sundered in twain , the farthermost of men , some where Hyperion sets and some where he rises , there to receive a hecatomb of bulls and rams , and there he was taking his joy , sitting at the feast ; but the other gods were gathered together in the halls of Olympian Zeus . Among them the father of gods and men was first to speak , for in his heart he thought of noble Aegisthus ,
whom far-famed Orestes , Agamemnon ' s son , had slain . Thinking on him he spoke among the immortals , and said : " Look you now , how ready mortals are to blame the gods . It is from us , they say , that evils come , but they even of themselves , through their own blind folly , have sorrows beyond that which is ordained .
Now Poseidon had gone off to the Ethiopians , who are at the world ' s end , and lie in two halves , the one looking West and the other East . He had gone there to accept a hecatomb of sheep and oxen , and was enjoying himself at his festival ; but the other gods met in the house of Olympian Zeus , and the sire of gods and men spoke first . At that moment he was thinking of Aigisthos , who had been killed by Agamemnon ' s son Orestes ; so he said to the other gods : " See now , how men consider us gods responsible [ aitioi ] for what is after all nothing but their own folly . Look at Aigisthos ; he must needs make love to Agamemnon ' s wife unrighteously and then kill Agamemnon , though he knew it would be the death of him ; for I sent Hermes to warn him not to do either of these things , inasmuch as Orestes would be sure to take his revenge when he grew up and wanted to return home . Hermes told him this in all good will but he would not listen , and now he has paid for everything in full . "