A special physique of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's maximum literary treasures--as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set round the flip of the final millennium, those tales depict with an astonishingly smooth realism the lives and deeds of the Norse women and men who first settled Iceland and in their descendants, who ventured extra west--to Greenland and, finally, the coast of North the United States itself.
the ten Sagas and 7 shorter stories during this quantity contain the distinguished "Vinland Sagas," which recount Leif Eiriksson's pioneering voyage to the hot global and include the oldest descriptions of the North American continent.
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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.