The Epic Cycle: A Commentary on the Lost Troy Epics
The Iliad and Odyssey don't disguise the most tale of the Trojan battle. the complete saga, along with Zeus' plan to lessen the world's inhabitants, the Judgment of Paris and seduction of Helen, the beginning of the crusade, the wood Horse, the autumn of Achilles, the homecoming of Agamemnon, and the eventual demise of Odysseus, was once similar in six different epics, relationship from 630-560 BCE, that have been influential for lyric poets, tragedians, and artists of the classical age yet are identified to us purely via fragments and short prose summaries.
In this booklet Martin West offers all of the resource fabric and gives the 1st accomplished statement on it, making complete use of iconographic in addition to literary facts. Discussing the person fragments and testimonia, he endeavours to reconstruct the connections among them, as far as attainable, and to accumulate an image of the plan and process every one poem. In a considerable creation he addresses normal matters, together with the character and formation of the Epic Cycle, the prestige of the summaries of the Troy epics preserved less than the identify of Proclus, the validity of the attested ascriptions to specific poets, the reflexes of the Cycle in early artwork and literature, and its fortunes in and after the Hellenistic period.
Scholium makes no mention of Lesches, the poet most regularly connected with the Little Iliad, and we should have expected the Lesbian Hellanicus, if anyone, to have championed Lesches’ claim.78 So we should perhaps supply 〈οἳ δὲ Λέσχην Πυρραῖον,〉 ὡς Ἑλλάνικος.79 It might then have been Hellanicus’ authority that gave Lesches the lead over rivals among later writers. As he wrote in Ionic, he might have been (via Phayllos).
5); Clytaemestra’s murder of Agamemnon and Cassandra (with a look back at the sacrifice of Iphigeneia), and the killing of her and Aegisthus by Orestes with Pylades (Pyth. 11. 15–37). In the Sixth Paean (73–120) he skims through the whole saga from the Judgment of Paris to the war, the death of Achilles, the fetching of Neoptolemos from Skyros, his sack of the city and the slaughter of Priam at his house altar, and his nostos.
Partly read and summarized in his Bibliotheke. Proclus’ work is Codex 239 in that collection, pp. 318b–22a Bekker. Photius gives its title as Χρηστοµαθείας γραµµατικῆς ἐκλογαί, which might (p.5) be loosely rendered as ‘Readings in Literary Scholarship’.10 It was divided into four books, but Photius’ summary, which occupies eleven pages in R. Henry’s Budé edition, covers only the first two books. From it we see that it was a.
∆ιόσκουροι Θησέως µὴ τυχόντες λαϕυραγωγοῦσιν τὰς Ἀθήνας. ἡ ἱστορία παρὰ †τοῖς πολεµωνίοις† (παρὰ Πολέµωνι Fabricius) ἢ τοῖς κυκλικοῖς, καὶ ἀπὸ µέρους παρὰ Ἀλκµα̃νι τῶι λυρικῶι (PMGF 21). Apollod. 3. 10. 7 (immediately after the passage quoted under F 11) tells the story of Helen’s capture by Theseus and the seizure of Aphidna by the Dioskouroi. They recovered Helen and took Theseus’ mother Aithra captive. She became Helen’s servant,.
Ἣν ἦλθεν ὁδὸν οὐδὲ τὸν κατ᾿ εὐθεῖαν πλοῦν ἐπορεύθη, ἵνα µὴ διωχθεὶς καταληϕθῆι, ἀλλ᾿ ἔπλευσε διὰ τῆς Αἰγύπτου καὶ Φοινίκης. παριὼν οὖν διὰ τῆς Σιδῶνος κἀκεῖθεν γυναῖκας ἔξω τοῦ ἄστεως εὑρὼν ἔλαβε τρόπωι ληιστρικῶι. Cf. sch. A b T. (p.91) Hera, being the goddess of marriage and at the same time one of the two whom Paris has affronted by preferring Aphrodite, obstructs the lovers’ return to Troy by sending a storm.28 Their ship is blown eastwards towards Cyprus and Phoenicia, where.