The Text History of the Bibliotheca of. Pseudo-Apollodorus. AUBREY DILLER. The references in the Scholia Minora on the Iliad are only apparent. The work is. Attributed to Apollodorus of Athens (born c. BCE), but probably composed in the first or second century BCE, The Library provides a grand summary of. The Bibliotheca of Pseudo-Apollodorus, perhaps the best-known mythographic text, stands out for its comprehensive aim and state of preservation.

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As to the heroic honours enjoyed by the dead at Plataea, see Thney- dides, iii. Herodotus takes a different position in that history is written down, where as myth is passed down by word of mouth.

The Library of Greek Mythology

Although the Bibliotheca is undivided in the manuscripts, it is conventionally divided into three books. Vol- canic phenomena and the discovery of the fossil bones pseudo-apollocorus large extinct animals seem to have been the principal sources of these tales.

Semen and a pseufo-apollodorus of wool turns into a child. Nestor alone was saved, because he was brought up among the Gerenians. Perhaps Bent mistook fennel for a reed. Some said that they were sons of the Sun by Athena ; others that their parents were Zeus and the Muse Calliope ; others that their father was Cronus.

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According to another version, after Hercules was left behind by the Argo in Mysia, he made his way on foot to Colchis Pseudo-apololdorus, Id. See Tragicorwn Oraecorum Fragmenta, ed.

Dardanus, Ilus, Priam, Aeacus, Telamon In the triSitions concerning Salmoneus we may perhaps trace the reminiscence of a line of kings who personated the Sky-god Zeus and attempted to make rain, thunder and lightning by means of imitative magic.

The next edition was brought out by Tanaquil Faber Salmurii, Battle of the gods and giants, vi. As to the massacre of the men of Lemnos by the women, see further Herodotus, vi.


Apollodorus, Library, book 2, chapter 4, section 2

As to Eleusis, the equally mythical hero who is said to have given his name to Eleusis, see Pausanias, viii. Menander seems to have followed a somewhat different tradition, for he says that the children were found by an old goatherd, and that the token by which they were recognized was a small scrip or wallet wriplStov. As to the oath by the water of Styx, see further Hesiod, Theog.

See his Gvstom aivd Myth London,pp. Take for instance the story of Achilles. He received Phrixus and gave him one of his daughters, Chalciope. The Bibliotheca has been called “the most valuable mythographical work that has come bibliothsca from ancient times”. By her Oeneus begat Tydeus. From the thighs downward he had huge coils of vipers, which when drawn out, reached to his very head and emitted a loud hissing.

Sophocles wrote two plays, both called TyrOf on the romantic love and sorrows of this heroine. Quarrel between Agamemnon and Menelaus concerning the return. Having now gone through the family of Bibliotyeca calion.

Being come thither he was healed by the sun’s rays, and having recovered his sight he hastened with all speed against Oenopion. Danae, daughter of Acrisius, with her infant son Perseus, floats to Seriphos, iv. See Clement of Alexandria, Protrept, ii.

But, as a whole, what a find and what a great reference to go along with other summaries, original sources, etc. Children of Poseidon and Amphitrite, iv. But Metanira, wife of Celeus, had a child and Demeter received it to nurse, and wishing to make it immortal she set the babe of nights on the fire and stripped off its mortal flesh.

The Argonauts set out with Medea the murder of Apsyrtusix. Nauplius, the revenge he takes for the death of his son, As the babes lay forlorn, a mare, belonging to some passing horse- keepers, kicked with its hoof one of the two infants and left a livid mark on its face.

This is not the only complete source that we have because we also have Ovid’s Metamorphoses, however the difference between Apollodorus and Ovid is that Ovid writes from Roman point of view, so is a lot more sympathetic towards the Trojans. Compare Aristotle, Meteorologica, i. Asopus’s children, Ismenus, Pelagon, and twenty daughters, of whom Aegina is carried ofif by Zeus, xii.


The brief and unadorned pesudo-apollodorus of myth in the Bibliotheca have led some commentators to suggest that even its complete sections are an epitome of a lost work. The travels of Dionysus deaths bibpiotheca Lycurgus and Pentheus, adventure with the piratesv. The author arranges his stories in groups related to the great families in Greek pre-history, clarifying and organizing them such that they seem less unrelated to each other than might be apparent if presented more randomly.

Clark, Peloponneaua London,p. In the great picture of bubliotheca underworld painted by Polygnotus at Delphi, the blind musician was portrayed sitting with long flowing locks and a broken lyre at his feet Pausanias, x. Sophocles wrote a traged v called AthcMnaSf in which he represented the king himself crowned with garlands and led to the altar of Zeus to be sacrificed, but finally rescued by the bibliothca of Hercules Scholiast on Aristophanes, Clouds, ; Apostolius, Cent, xi.

As to the bard’s rivalry with the Muses, and the blindness they inflicted on him, see Homer, 11, ii.

Hercules first bibliotyeca Alcyoneus with an arrow, but when the giant fell on the ground he somewhat revived. See Diodorus Siculus, iii. Virgins sent by the Locrians for a thousand years to Athena at Troy, Helenus remains with Deiadamia in Molossia. For a time he continued to dwell in Messene, but when Dionysus drove the women of Argos mad, he healed them on condition of receiving part of the kingdom, and settled down there with Bias.