By R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma, Apollodorus, Hyginus
Author note: Translated and Introductions by means of R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma
By providing, for the 1st time in one version, entire English translations of Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae -- the 2 most crucial surviving "handbooks" of classical mythography--this quantity permits readers to check the two's models of an important Greek and Roman myths.
A common advent units the Library and Fabulae into the broader context of historical mythography; introductions to every textual content speak about in better element problems with authorship, target, and impression. A basic index, an index of individuals and geographic destinations, and an index of authors and works brought up by way of the mythographers also are integrated.
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However, it is certainly not by him, and it may well not even be by someone else named Apollodorus. The reputation and inﬂuence of Apollodorus of Athens was so great that most modern scholars suspect that it inspired someone later to use his name as a nom de plume in imitative ﬂattery, a phenomenon not unknown in other genres of ancient writing. Other scenarios likewise have parallels and have been suggested: ﬁrst, it may be that our author tried to pass his work off initially as an authentic work of the famous scholar, his forgery passing unremarked until modern times—it was only in 1873 that Carl Robert proved the work could not be even a mangled version of On the Gods or any other work of Apollodorus of Athens, and although there have been some holdouts against this position, few if any now doubt it.
234–245 murderers and suicides), but now and again there seems no rhyme or reason to the order: for instance, after encountering the miraculous at 252 (“Those Nourished by the Milk of Wild Animals”) and the tabloidesque at 253 (“Those Who Committed Incest”), we then turn to noble deeds at 254 (“Exceptionally Dutiful Women and Men”). 147–153; cf. the 54 sons at Fab. 26–30). Recent papyrus ﬁnds have also provided us with numerous examples of mythological lists from otherwise lost mythographic sources; among others we ﬁnd catalogs of Argonauts (cf.
In the case of the Homeric reference, it is difﬁcult to imagine that Apollodorus would not have been able to provide this reference himself since the ﬁrst book of Homer’s Iliad, where the story occurs, was one of the most widely read works of literature in the ancient classroom. 176). Did Apollodorus know them directly or take them from intermediary sources? The same question applies to the mythographic sources. Did Apollodorus get his Pherecydes and Acousilaos directly or by reading mythographic manuals that had already distilled these earlier writings?
Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae: Two Handbooks of Greek Mythology by R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma, Apollodorus, Hyginus