By R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma, Apollodorus, Hyginus
Author note: Translated and Introductions through R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma
By providing, for the 1st time in one version, whole English translations of Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae -- the 2 most crucial surviving "handbooks" of classical mythography--this quantity permits readers to match the two's models of an important Greek and Roman myths.
A normal creation units the Library and Fabulae into the broader context of historical mythography; introductions to every textual content speak about in higher element problems with authorship, objective, and effect. A common index, an index of individuals and geographic destinations, and an index of authors and works brought up through the mythographers also are integrated.
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VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII. XIV. 1–40 There is admirable genealogical economy in this scheme, with the myriad ﬁgures of myth ﬁtting into a relatively few main genealogies. The three lineages of Deucalion, Inachos, and Agenor take up the bulk of the work, but then it becomes quite complex. 96) a full book and a half until after the lineage of Agenor. This displacement of Pelasgos, which might at ﬁrst sight seem surprisingly unmotivated, is, in fact, crucial, for it sets up the entire rest of the narrative as we move toward the Trojan War and introduces another secondary organizational principle: the geographic.
Certainly the stark differences in form among the theogony, the narrative accounts, and the lists suggest that at some point someone fused together different types of mythographic forms into a single body. Although the speciﬁc forms that most of these sources took are unknown, there were numerous works to cull from, and in one case at least we have a pretty clear picture. Some of the narrative Fabulae probably draw on the so-called “Tales from Euripides” or some other source book on tragedy. The titles of Fab.
We are also given such help again at Fab. 52 (Myrmidons), 96 (Pyrrha), 143 (Hermes), 151 (Chimaera), 153 (laos-laas), and 166 (Erichthonius). Latin equivalents of Greek names and words are sometimes added, often with the ﬁrst-person “we”: Fab. 2, “Liber ordained that she be called Leucothea (we call her Mater Matuta) and that Melicertes be called the god Palaemon (we call him Portunus)”; Fab. 53, “So he turned her into an ortyx bird (what we call a quail)”; Fab. 92, “Jupiter summoned all the gods to the feast except for Eris (that is, Discord)”; Fab.